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Claudia Ringler
POLICY SEMINAR
Ideas for confronting climate change today
OCT 14, 2021 - 09:30 AM TO 10:45 AM EDT

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Transforming food systems through clean energy access

  1. 1. Transforming food systems through clean energy access Ideas for confronting climate change today Claudia Ringler Deputy Division Director Environment and Production Technology Division International Food Policy Research Institute IFPRI Virtual Policy Seminar | October 14, 2021
  2. 2. Why accelerating clean rural energy access? Source: NEXUS Gains Initiative (under review) ▪ Reduces GHG emissions (COP26) ▪ Supports intensification of agriculture (f.ex. solar-supported groundwater irrigation) & food systems (agro-processing, cold storage of perishables) (UNFSS) ▪ Preserves biodiversity, reduces zoonotic disease risk (COP15) ▪ Reduces women’s and girls’ time use to collect firewood (CFS draft VGs) ▪ Multiple other benefits (f.ex. water security); vaccine storage; education; non-farm businesses
  3. 3. How to accelerate rural energy access? ➢ Generate evidence on the multiple benefits of clean rural energy access for food systems and beyond ➢ Identify productive use locations that are attractive for the private sector ➢ Overcome the siloed investments in rural energy, agriculture and water systems ➢ Strengthen women’s agency in clean rural energy systems ➢ Develop capacity on identifying & assessing cross-sectoral solutions using energy as an entry point Source: NEXUS Gains Initiative (under review) Credit: Abbie Trayler-Smith / Panos Pictures

Claudia Ringler POLICY SEMINAR Ideas for confronting climate change today OCT 14, 2021 - 09:30 AM TO 10:45 AM EDT

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