A new study has described the role renewable energy can have in elevating the livelihoods of the millions of rural poor, specifically in terms of the impact it can have on the billions of people employed in the agri-food chain.

Released over the weekend at the International Off-grid Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition, the International Renewable Energy Agency’s (IRENA) first interactive digital publication, Renewable Energy Benefits: Decentralised Solutions in the Agri-food Chain, analyzed the impact off-grid renewables can have on agriculture and agri-food activities at the heart of the rural economy. The report opens by highlighting nearly 2.9 billion people worldwide are currently still relying on traditional biomass for cooking and heating. Of those, about 80% are living in rural areas which in turn host more than 70% of the world’s poor people.

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