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Our knowledge and understanding of food security, poverty reduction and biofuels production has increased significantly over the past years. Yet, the linkages between these elements have not been operationally defined, especially when smallholders are involved in biofuel production.Therefore, the seminar aims to narrow this knowledge gap by providing two case studies, based on actual experience, that link these elements. In both cases, the production is driven by the private sector and implemented jointly with smallholders, one in Africa (Mali Biocarburant S.A) and, the other, in Asia (Nandan Cleantec Ltd). The seminar is implemented in the context of the 2012-2015 work-programme of Mali Biocarburant S.A, a private holding company based in Mali, which recently received a US$ 500,000 grant from IFAD to strengthen/scale-up its work in Mali and Burkina Faso to a total of five countries in the Western and Central Africa region.

Food security and sustainability are at the core of both these efforts.
The seminar also covers related and relevant subjects such as the use of sustainability indicators to assess impacts of biofuels' production, along with potentials of producing biofuels from crops other than Jatropha.