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Complete Title: 
Making integrated food-energy systems work for people and climate change : an overview
Non IUCN Publication



The concept of Integrated Food and Energy Systems (IFES) as such is not new. Simple integration of food and energy production at both small and large scales has shown many successful results. However, with the increasing complexity of the system, - and hence higher resource use efficiency, the number of successful cases diminishes. Concrete results on wide-scale implementation of more complex IFES are scarce. Given this situation, FAO held an international technical consultation in July 2010 on “How to make integrated food-energy systems work for both small-scale farmers and rural communities in a climate-friendly way”. This paper draws on an extensive review of literature and the findings of this technical consultation to identify what hinders IFES, in particular, and some key solutions that could help to realize their benefits on a wide scale. It starts by introducing the IFES concept and potential benefits, as well as some example of IFES in both developed and developing countries. It then briefly discusses the constraints related to IFES implementation, both at the farm level and beyond the farm, before venturing to suggest some possible solutions to overcome these constraints.

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Rome : FAO, 2011
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xii, 120p. : ill.
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Includes bibliographic references. Library has electronic version only.

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Record created: 2013/09/13
Record updated: 2020/04/10