Powering Agri-food Value Chains with Geothermal Heat - Africa

The use of geothermal heat in the agri-food sector is rising worldwide, with several examples in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas, and Oceania. 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.

However, more significant progress can be achieved with increased support in areas such as resource mapping, policy and regulations, financing, and capacity building, as well as with the development of tools that can enable policymakers to carry out assessments of geothermal heat utilisation, such as socio-economic impacts and heat pricing. These assessments might provide relevant information to support decision making, hence fostering accelerated use of geothermal heat in the agri-food sector.

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 built 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.


Moderator – Jack Kiruja, Associate Programme Officer, Geothermal Energy, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

SESSION I: Introduction, Geothermal Resource and Heat Demand Mapping, and Enabling Frameworks


  • Opening Remarks – Amjad Abdulla, Head of Partnerships, IRENA


Presentation: Mapping of Geothermal Energy Resources and Co-location with Heating Demand

Presentations: Enabling Policies and Regulations and Cross-sectoral Coordination


SESSION II: Project Development, Financing, Capacity Building, Awareness, Sustainability, and Innovation

Presentations: Project Development and Financing

Presentations: Capacity-building, Awareness Creation, Sustainability and Innovation

Q & A

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