Demand-driven Research and Development Activities
BiomassWeb’s DDRD program was developed to remain open for the concerns of local stakeholders in the biomass webs and to allow for a certain degree of flexibility in identifying research questions based on stakeholder questions and demands. Following a competitive selection process organized by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) with support from the Center for Development Research (ZEF), six DDRD projects were launched in October 2016. The projects will run until April 2017 and are carried out by research and government organizations. The topics investigated range from post-harvest losses and innovative usages of biomass products to the optimization of production processes in the value webs of cassava, maize, bamboo, banana and plantain.
The following projects are funded under the BiomassWeb DDRD program:
Exploring potentials of the bamboo sector for employment generation and food security in Ethiopia: An institutional analysis of bamboo-based valueweb
Principle Investigator: Dr. Bamlaku Alamirew, Yom Institute of Economic Development, Ethiopia.
Using cassava peels for mushroom cultivation
Principle Investigator: Alice Esinam Dawson, Women in Agricultural Development, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Accra, Ghana.
Developing biomass-based value chain of plantain and reduce post-harvest losses of plantain through the development of value added products for small scale farmers and processors in two regions in Ghana
Principle Investigator: Dr. Charles Tortoe, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Food Research Institute, Accra, Ghana.
Exploring the potential of bamboo leave fodder for livestock production in Ghana
Principle Investigator: Dr. Samuel Tetteh Partey, Department of Agroforestry, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.
Mass and energy balance analysis of pneumatic dryers for cassava and development of optimization models to increase competitiveness
Principle Investigator: Adegbite Suraju Adeyemi, Department of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria.
Production of bio-plastics and bio-gels from wastes of cassava, maize and banana to promote their biomassweb values
Principle Investigator: Prof. Dr. Abdulganiy Olayinka Raji, Department of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.