BEFS AnalysisBEFS project should not be considered a normative framework but as a starting point to discuss policies, where four key areas should be taken into consideration as they bring a different perspective to study the relationship between bioenergy and food security.
The first key areas seeks to analyze crop prospects based on the annual survey of 10-year projections by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and FAO in domestic and global agricultural markets. It takes into consideration production, use, imports, exports, stocks of major agricultural commodities and biofuels.
The second area analyzes its connection with natural resources, including soil, water, wood biomass and waste. The third area examines the technical-economic and environmental aspects, to which production costs of biofuels and GHG emissions should be included. The fourth key area focuses on socio-economic aspects, including the assessment of overall economy impact, vulnerability and household food security. It evaluates the specific effects of bioenergy evolution on overall economy and household impact, as a consequence of the rise in price of certain food items.