2014

2nd International Congress Hidden Hunger

Hidden Hunger, Childhood Development and Long-Term Prospects for Society and Economy. March 3-6, 2015 / Stuttgart, Germany

The 2nd International Congress Hidden Hunger will take place in Stuttgart, Germany, March 3-6, 2015. Meet scientists and experts from around the world and help in creating awareness of the critical worldwide problem of hidden hunger during the first 1,000 days of human life and its consequences for society and economy! Read more

Workshop on ‘Modelling biomass-based value webs for Ghana’ September 24-26, 2014

The three day workshop was held in Accra, Ghana and was organized by the Center for Development Research (ZEF), CONSIDEO and the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA).
The main goal of the workshop was the development of qualitative and quantitative models of biomass-based value webs in Ghana in a moderated, software-assisted environment with stakeholders. Stakeholders were local experts of the biomass sector in research, economics and administration. The models are, on the one hand, used for the description of biomass-based material-, capital- and information flows between stakeholders of the biomass sector and on the other hand used as tools for the presentation and analysis of cause-effect relations. Read more

Francis Molua Mwambo won prize for best paper

Francis Molua Mwambo (BiomassWeb junior researcher from Cameroon) won the prize for the best paper presented at the conference on “Ethics of Food Security in a Changing Society – Learning from the Past to Shape the Future” in Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park, United Kingdom, on September 24. The paper entitled “Assessing the ecological-societal impacts of West African farming practices by means of energy efficiency” is part of the ongoing research in BiomassWeb work package 4.6 on Energy Efficiency. Read more

FTI training of facilitators in Addis Ababa – August 18-22, 2014

From August 18-22, the FTI training of facilitators in Addis Ababa, at Bole Jupiter International Hotel will take place. The training will focus at increasing insight and skills of staff and partners involved in BiomassWeb project in the art of facilitation of stakeholder interaction and other forms of group-based sharing and learning. The workshop will be facilitated by the professional Mr. Laurens van Veldhuizen, ETC Foundation based in the Netherlands (http://www.etc-international.org/). Read more

First Doctoral Workshop 2014

The first of two doctoral workshops in the time period 2014/2015 took place on June 5, 2014.
It was held at the Center for Development Research of the University of Bonn.

Participants were students of the doctoral program from the Center for Development Research (ZEF) and the University of Hohenheim. The workshop was conducted in order for the participants to become acquainted with each other. The main goal of the workshop was the presentation and discussion of research proposals and work concepts for their PhD projects in their specific fields of research within the BiomassWeb project.

BiomassWeb at the Africa Days of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Prof. Victor Okoruwa
Prof. Victor Okoruwa from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, presenting at the bioeconomy workshop.

Members of BiomassWeb participated at the Africa Days of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) from March 16-18. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) invited approximately 700 experts from Africa and Germany to Berlin to discuss the future of African-German cooperation in education and research.  Read more

Participatory Research in BiomassWeb

On March 19, 2014 the first “Participatory research in BiomassWeb. Introductory Workshop” took place at ZEF. Sixteen people participated, including researchers from the three project countries Ghana, Nigeria and Ethiopia, as well as researchers from ZEF and Hohenheim University. The workshop was facilitated by Mr. Laurens van Veldhuizen, ETC Foundation in the Netherlands, and aimed at increasing the understanding of a participatory research approach and developing ideas on how to integrate this approach within the project’s research. Anna-Katharina Hornidge (ZEF senior researcher) spoke about “Introduction to Inter- and Transdisciplinarity” at the workshop.