In response to concerns previously raised regarding the impact of biofuels on food security, a report entitled “Reconciling food security and bioenergy: priorities for action” recently published by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) confirmed that there was no clear link between food insecurity and the production of biofuels.
In fact, the report claims that biofuels can even increase food security by enhancing the accessibility to energy and transport and thus providing wider access to food, selling markets, employment and services. “Biofuel projects can address food security by applying best practices that reduce exposure to risks of food insecurity” the authors argue.
In the framework of ButaNext, researchers have assessed the availability of the three feedstocks used to produce biofuel in the project to ensure that their use will not compete with food security. By taking into account social and environmental criteria, ButaNext aims to create a new generation of biofuel able to reduce the vulnerabilities leading to food insecurity and promote a sustainable management of resources.
For more information, you can read the full report published by the IFPRI here.