Sustainable Energy for Food

Event Type

Bonn, 12.06.2014


Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

According to conservative estimates, producing food and getting it to the table accounts for around 30 per cent of energy consumed worldwide. With the demand for food on the increase and energy resources in limited supply, experts in science, business, civil society and development cooperation who work in the energy and/or food sector all face the same challenge: how can we produce more food using as little energy as possible while increasing the share of renewable energy? This GIZ-DIE symposium will show where the various stakeholders currently stand on this issue. It will also examine which energy-smart solutions exist in our agri-food systems and investigate how to accelerate their broad-based roll-out.

In his keynote address, Tilman Altenburg from the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) will explain the relevance of this topic and map out the challenges ahead. Brief inputs will look in greater depth at how much and what type of energy agri-food chains require, as well as exploring sustainable energy options for a viable food industry. The morning’s event will close with a look at innovative regional energy supply solutions and also showcase actual regional development experiences.

The topic of energy and food is now firmly on the international cooperation agenda. Several donors, including BMZ, launched the international initiative Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development (PAEGC) in June 2012. The afternoon session will focus on the initiative’s goals and how it intends to achieve them. It will also be showcased the online wiki platform Powering Agriculture, where you can find information, share knowledge and engage in exchanges with your colleagues in this field of specialisation. This will be followed by three parallel working groups that will focus on specific aspects in more depth:

Working group 1: ‘Cooperation with the Private Sector’
Working group 2: ‘Energy Efficiency – A Potential Gain for Agro Industries’ 
Working group 3: ‘Optimising Agricultural Irrigation from an Energy Perspective’.

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Event information

Date / h
12.06.2014 / 10:00 - 18:00


Deutsche Welle
Kurt-Schumacher-Straße 3
53113 Bonn


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Karin Müller (