In African countries, geothermal heat applications along the agri-food value chain have the potential to enhance food productivity, reduce food spoilage, and add value to food produce. This would result in food security, more employment opportunities and higher incomes for the employees and other agri-food stakeholders. Geothermal energy would also contribute to the sustainability of the agri-food sector by reducing carbon emissions.

In the framework of the Global Geothermal Alliance, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) collaborated with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to organise a webinar to share global experiences and best practices for accelerating the use of geothermal heat in the agri-food sector in Africa. The webinar builds on IRENA’s guidebook for policymakers on Powering Agri-food Value Chains with Geothermal Heat and its flagship publication on Renewable Energy for Agri-food Systems.

The various presentations related to the event can be accessed here