Enabling poor rural people
to overcome poverty

Invitation to the MEDIA – Mark Your Calendar

In cooperation with the Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea, the Vicariate of  Rome - Ufficio Pastorale Universitaria, Roma Tre University and with the support of Boeing, the International Fund for Agricultural Development would like to invite you to the:

International Workshop on Sustainable Pro-poor Development of Aviation Biofuels



Thursday 22 November 2012 – 8:45 a.m.


Roma Tre University, Great Hall, Via Ostiense 159 – Rome
WHO Speakers include:   
Corrado Clini, Minister for the Environment, Land and Sea, Italy
Guido Fabiani, Chancellor, Roma Tre University
Rinaldo Petrignani, President, Boeing Italy
Carlos Seré, Chief Development Strategist, IFAD
S. E. Mons. Lorenzo Leuzzi, Auxiliary Bishop to the Dioceses of Rome
Antonio de Palmas, President, EU & NATO, Boeing


Full programme of the workshop

Sustainable Pro-poor Development of Aviation Biofuels aims to promote discussion between global stakeholders, identifying the way forward to guide the development of the aviation biofuels industry assuring its sustainability and pro-poor focus.
Biofuels, originating from biomass crops represent one of the possible ways to reduce aviation CO2 emissions, to allow airlines to cut spending due to fuel cost increases and to favour opportunities of agricultural and non-agricultural employment for poor countries.
The target audience includes a diverse range of stakeholders, such as policy makers, governments, international and multilateral development organizations, private sector, academia, civil society and media.

Media Alert No: IFAD/09/2012

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) works with poor rural people to enable them to grow and sell more food, increase their incomes and determine the direction of their own lives. Since 1978, IFAD has invested almost US$14.3 billion in grants and low-interest loans to developing countries through projects empowering over 400 million people to break out of poverty, thereby helping to create vibrant rural communities. IFAD is an international financial institution and a specialized UN agency based in Rome – the United Nations’ food and agriculture hub. It is a unique partnership of 168 members from the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), other developing countries and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)