Renewable energy technologies can support the decarbonisation of the end-use sectors such as agri-food to promote sustainable food production while adapting to climate change. There is significant geothermal potential in Africa, where the agricultural sector remains a key economic driver. Currently, the main geothermal agri-food applications in the region include drying of food, and heating of greenhouses and aquaculture facilities. With increased support in areas such as geothermal resource mapping, establishment of enabling policies and regulations, access to financing, and capacity building, more significant progress can be achieved. In addition, the development of tools for carrying out assessments of geothermal heat utilisation, such as socio-economic impacts and heat pricing, can support policy makers in making investment decisions.
In this regard, a webinar on “Powering Agri-food Value Chains with Geothermal Heat – Africa,” organised in the framework of the Global Geothermal Alliance by IRENA in collaboration with its partners in the Africa, aims to share recommendations as well as global experiences and best practices for accelerating the use of geothermal heat in the agri-food sector.