With the emerging bio-economies in Europe, more biomass is imported. Sustainability concerns led to the development of EU regulations esp. regarding bioenergy. Hence, private certification standards for biomass proliferate but with major differences regarding environmental and social criteria. Read more
BiomassWeb is aiming to develop a stakeholder network – BiomassNet – to promote biomass production, processing and trading in African countries in order to enhance food security and support the emerging bio-economies.
We are happy to announce that we have moved one step ahead in creating this network. Read more
How to increase resource efficiency in an emerging bio-economy: Moving from Value Chains to Biomass-Based Value Webs.
Detlef Virchow, Tina Beuchelt, Arnim Kuhn and Manfred Denich
The presentation on “How to increase resource efficiency in an emerging bio-economy: Moving from value chains to biomass-based value webs” was held by Tina Beuchelt at the “23rd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition”, Europe’s largest international conference on biomass. It is a highly-respected international scientific conference with an industrial exhibition while gathering participants from research, industry, policy and business of biomass and took place on June 1-4, 2015 in Vienna, Austria. Read more
The “BiomassWeb”, that is, Improving food security in Africa through increased system productivity of biomass-based value webs, is a research project designed to enhance food security in Africa. The project seeks to boost effective and efficient production, processing and trading as well as enhance the utilization of food and non-food biomass through increased system integration of associated biomass value webs. Read more
The second of two doctoral workshops in the time period 2014/2015 took place as a two day workshop on March 26-27 2015.
Participants were students of the doctoral program of the Center for Development Research (ZEF) and the University of Hohenheim. The main goal of the workshop was the presentation and discussion of the work progress and interim results of their PhD projects in their specific fields of research within the BiomassWeb project.
BiomassWeb student Pride Ebile won this year’s elevator pitch at the BMBF status seminar PLANT 2030 with his presentation on “Governance and Institutional Challenges in Biomass-based Value Webs: The case of cassava in Nigeria”. Out of 30 presentations Pride was able to convince the audience as well as the jury. He is a Junior Researcher in WP 6.1 “Governance” at the University of Hohenheim. Read more
Eric Opokuh Mensah from Kumasi, Ghana, joined the Research Center Jülich for a research internship in the BiomassWeb project and training in plant phenotyping. Watch this video, produced by the Research Center Jülich, to learn more about plant phenotyping at JPPC: Banana (musa spp). Read more
The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) is an international conference that focuses on central questions concerning the future of the global agri-food industry. It is held during the International Green Week (IGW). GFFA is organized by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) in cooperation with the Senate of Berlin, Messe Berlin GmbH and GFFA Berlin e.V. Read more
BiomassWeb will participate in the BMBF PLANT 2030 Status Seminar in Potsdam from March 4 to 6, 2015. Plant 2030 pools all research activities in the field of applied plant research which are funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF).
The agenda will include presentations on the progress made in running Plant Biotechnology, PLANT KBBE, DPPN, GlobE, IPAS and related projects.
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
From December 02 to 05, 2014, BiomassWeb Junior Researcher Lilli Scheiterle will hold an introductory seminar on ¿Qué es Bioeconomía? – What is Bioeconomy? together with Johannes Moessinger at the University of Costa Rica. Lilli Scheiterle and Johannes Moessinger are both doctoral students focussing on agricultural economics at the University of Hohenheim.
The map shows our research and study locations in Ghana (brown), Nigeria (green) and Ethiopia (yellow), as well as the partner institutions working in BiomassWeb (blue). To get more detailed information on which workpackages work in a specific location, please click on one of the map markers.
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 (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
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
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.
The three day workshop was held at the Jupiter Hotel in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia and was organized by the Center for Development Research (ZEF), CONSIDEO and the Environment and Coffee Forest Forum (ECFF). Read more
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
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.