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Latin America 'Should Embrace Renewables'

12 October 2012

LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN - The FAO has noted that it is possible to involve family farming in the production of biofuels, and that should encourage policies to reduce risks to food security and the environment that can generate production of energy crops.

The main industry leaders in the development of biofuels in Latin America and the Caribbean gathered at the VI Latin American and Caribbean Seminar on Biofuels, BIO 2012, to discuss energy security in the region and its sustainable development.

A prominent trend in the production of biofuels is taking place in Brazil, whose successful National Programme for Production and Use of Biodiesel is an example of the inclusion of family agriculture in the production of biofuels.

"Companies must make a minimum percentage of purchases of raw materials to small farmers or their cooperatives, forward contracts and provide technical assistance to participate in the programme. Currently, over one hundred thousand families will benefit from an addition of only five per cent biodiesel to fossil diesel," said Philip Duhart Officer FAO Bioenergy.

Another interesting trend is the prospects for biofuels production and use of bio-kerosene in aviation, to which have been tested on commercial flights.

For this reason, OLADE IDB IICA and FAO are working on a document which is a contribution to visualise a conceptual model, whereby, population segments urged access to development opportunities, sustainability and social inclusion in the rural areas of Latin America and the Caribbean, would benefit from one or more solutions innovation in bio-kerosene value chain.

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