Bioeconomy, food security and small-scale producers

With a view to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, bioeconomy development needs to be guided in order to not harm but rather enhance food security, climate-smart agriculture and family farming.

Key topics:

  • Challenges and opportunities for innovative low-carbon technologies to “green” small-scale producers’ agrifood chains in the context of “climate-smart” agriculture. Challenges and good practice in resource use in family farming, including: Efficiency (water-energy-land), ‘save and grow’; and competition over the use of resources (e.g. use of agricultural residues for soil management and/or animal feed and/or bioenergy).
  • Ensuring that bioenergy and biomaterial production do not harm but rather benefit family farming and food security.

Provisional program:

  • 11:30 – 11:40 Introduction. Olivier Dubois. United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization.
  • 11:40 – 12.00 Experiences with the biomass-based value web approach in Africa. D. Virchow. ZEF Bonn. 
  • 12:00 – 12:20 Agri-forestry innovations and business models integrating small-scale producers. Pragnesh Mishra, Abellon
  • 12:20 – 12:40 Challenges and Opportunities for Small-Scale Producers and Enterprises in the Production of Biomaterials. J. Tissari, FAO
  • 12:40 – 13:00 Plenary discussion on dealing with challenges and opportunities, possible next steps.

11:30 – 13:00, 26th November 2015

Chair:  Olivier Dubois (FAO)



Olivier Dubois is Senior Rural Institutions Officer and Coordinator of the Bioenergy Group within the Climate, Energy and Tenure Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). He has worked on land use intensification, forest management, and institutional aspects of rural development in more than 40 countries, through both long-term assignments for instance with the Belgian Cooperation Agency and FAO, and several short-term missions, including the World Bank and the European Commission. Mr. Dubois has a Masters in Agronomy, certificates in Tropical Agriculture, Rural Economics and Sociology from the Faculty of Agronomy of Gembloux, Belgium, and a Masters in Environmental Management from the European Community Environment Programme.