Addressing the compounded food and energy crisis in Ukraine through innovative technologies and adaptive agricultural practices (UNECE component of the Joint SDG Fund Development Emergency Modality – Response to the Global Crisis on Food, Energy, Finance project in Ukraine)


Sustainable Energy

$ 80,000

30 Sep 2022

31 Mar 2023

30 Sep 2022



The overall objective of the joint project is to equip the Government of Ukraine with an objective and comprehensive analysis of the biofuel production potential to solve the compound food/energy crisis in Ukraine. The project will provide analysis on the current food and energy aspects of the crisis in the country to support an informed decision on a suitable biofuel strategy for Ukraine. The project will additionally identify appropriate technologies and adaptations within the agriculture sector which can be employed to alleviate negative impacts on food production and food security. The project seeks to stimulate innovations in production and along supply chains, namely in alternative fuel use and production practices. The project is developed in response to the request of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food (MAPF) for support to address fuel shortages in the agriculture sector. The request comes as both petrol and diesel become increasingly scarce and expensive, impacting production capacity at all levels. FAO, UNEP, and UNECE respond to this request by conducting a three-tiered assessment leading to a full proposal for a demonstration project in the biofuel sector based on evidence and learning from the Joint SDG Fund-supported activities.  A study will be conducted to evaluate the biofuel and biomass potential in Ukraine, in particular in territories that are suitable to be used to grow crops for conversion to biofuels. UNEP, FAO and UNECE will conduct a joint technical analysis for evidence-based programming, specifically calculating the economic benefits of the project on food production. This project is part of a Joint SDG Fund Development Emergency Modality – Response to the Global Crisis on Food, Energy, Finance to be implemented in Ukraine. This project is implemented jointly by UNECE with FAO (lead agency) and UNEP under the overall coordination of the Resident Coordinator Office in Ukraine.