On December 8, 2017, the BiomassWeb project held a Science-Policy workshop at the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) in Accra, Ghana. The workshop was an opportunity for BiomassWeb to disseminate its findings on advances in research in agriculture and food security in Ghana and their implications.
The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) hosted a network and launch meeting of the interactive online platform BiomassNet on December 7, 2017 in Accra, Ghana.
The meeting gathered about 75 participants from relevant disciplines and sectors that address food and non-food biomass issues in Africa, such as scientists and experts from government and non-governmental organizations, development agencies, farmers and the private sector.
African and German researchers launched the first pan-African expert network for food and non-food biomass in Bonn, Germany, on 12 July 2017. The network aims at ensuring that food security and environmental sustainability are not compromised in the development of new biomass uses. It will thus help to strengthen the emerging African bioeconomies. Biomass is any degradable substance that is derived from plants or animals and is thus renewable.
In July 1, 2017, the BiomassWeb project started the Young Post-Doc Program (YPDP). The objective of this program is to accompany young African scientists in gaining expertise on issues and topics in the field of biomass for a whole year.