From science to practice: transdisciplinary approaches for promoting balanced land use systems in sub-Saharan Africa

From science to practice: transdisciplinary approaches for promoting balanced land use systems in sub-Saharan Africa

 Christine B. Schmitt, Tina Beuchelt, Dady Demby, Arnmin Kuhn and Manfred Denich

The poster “From science to practice: transdisciplinary approaches for promoting balanced land use systems in sub-Saharan Africa” was presented by Christine Schmitt at the “Annual conference of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland” on August 30 – September 3, 2015 in Göttingen, Germany.

Abstract:

Forests are cleared for agriculture and degraded by slash-and-burn practices and charcoal production in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa. BiomassWeb aims at contributing to balanced land use systems and enhanced food security through innovations in the value webs of food and non-food biomass. Biomass-based value webs are complex systems of interlinked value chains in which food and non-food biomass is produced, processed and traded. BiomassWeb uses this holistic approach as, for example, choice of production systems at farm level and higher-level land-use planning strategies are related to opportunities for value addition, trade, consumer preferences and national policies. This will be achieved by research on biomass production, processing, trade, use and governance .The focus is on four crops (maize, cassava, plantain/enset, bamboo) in Ghana, Nigeria and Ethiopia. The outcome will help in preparing Africa‘s bio-economies for growing global biomass demands.

Contact: Dr. Christine Schmitt, Email: cschmitt@uni-bonn.de

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