Tiziana Pirelli

Programme Advisor

She holds an MSc and a PhD in Agricultural Science and Technology. From 2010 to 2016 she worked as a researcher on climate smart agriculture at the University of Udine (Italy). In 2012 she moved to the Volcani Center A.R.O. (Israel) to study interactions between liquid N compounds and biochar, research that won an award from the European Biochar Research Network in Oct. 2013. Since 2014, she has been involved in the implementation of cooperation projects for Science and Technology in Italy and Africa, to build capacity on conservation agricultureand on sustainable and integrated food and energy systems. She worked as project manager within the project Biochar Plus, to spread the use of a micro-gasifier (Elsa stove) to convert agricultural residues and waste into affordable and clean cooking energy, thus saving wood fuel, recycling nutrients, and improving soil quality and crops yields. Due to her strong interest in increasing access to energy while guaranteeing sustainable food production and forest conservation, in 2016 she moved to FAO where she has been working at the Global Bioenergy Partnership(GBEP). In this context she has implemented the GBEP Sustainability Indicators for Bioenergy (GSI) in Paraguayand Viet Nam(2016-2018), with a focus on various bioenergy pathways, such as ethanol from maize, sugarcane and cassava, and biogas from agro-industrial waste. She is currently working on building and strengthening capacities on the use of the GSI for bioenergy in Ghana and Togo(2018), with the aim to contribute to raise awareness on sustainable wood energy value chains.