Results from the Bioenergy and Food Security And Capacity Assessment for Zambia indicate that the country has potential of 1,192 megawatts for off-grid electricity generation.

The study also indicates that Zambia has a combined achievable potential of 74 Million litres per year of ethanol from cassava and molasses.

The 300,000 United States Dollars study conducted in the last two years has also disclosed that if implemented, Zambia will not experience any shortage of food as the country’s production is adequate to cater for food and bioenergy production.

And speaking at the final workshop for the Bioenergy and Food Security Assessment and Capacity Building Project In Lusaka today, Ministry of Energy Acting Assistant Director in the Department Of Energy Mafayo Ziba said the report will guide the development of sustainable biomass energy strategies that integrate food security and agriculture needs.

And Food and Agriculture Organisation -FAO- Country Representative Anne-Rose Suze Fillipini commended the Zambian government for promoting renewable energy sectors through the use of various materials.

Ms Fillipin disclosed that FAO will be engaging government on the possibility of starting another project since this is coming to an end