All posts by Jasmin Ziemacki

Technological and Institutional Innovations for Marginalized Smallholders in Agricultural Development

Members of BiomassWeb contributed two book chapters to the newly published book “Technological and Institutional Innovation for Marginalized Smallholders in Agricultural Development. Springer International Publishing” by Franz W. Gatzweiler, and Joachim von Braun, 2016.

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Detlef Virchow, Tina  Beuchelt, Arnim Kuhn, and Manfred Denich contributed a book chapter on “Biomass-Based Value Webs: A Novel Perspective for Emerging Bioeconomies in Sub-Saharan Africa”.

Tina Beuchelt contributed a book chapter on “Gender, Social Equity and Innovations in Smallholder Farming Systems: Pitfalls and Pathways”.
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BiomassWeb visits IITA in Nigeria

img_4098In course of the BiomassWeb Science Meeting in Nigeria on February 23-26, 2016, members of BiomassWeb took part in an excursion to IITA, Nigeria, to visit important research sites, such as the IITA Cassava Processing Facility or the Business Incubation Platform (BIP).

IITA now published the visit in its Bulletin, which you can download here

BiomassWeb Science Meeting in Nigeria

Group picture of the workshop participants. On February 23-26, 2016, a BiomassWeb Science Meeting was held at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. Project members from all three partner countries with 10 different nationalities participated in the meeting and presented their research.

During the meeting, the new direction of the project was discussed and different work packages presented their work activities and achievements. In group activities, the participants discussed target outputs of each work package, with the realization that some group activities could be merged.

Hence, the meeting had the goal to intensify the collaboration and interchange between different BiomassWeb work packages. For this purpose four priority areas were put together, each of them representing a special field of research represented by several work packages.
The priority areas and their fields of research are:

  1. Food and nutrition security:
    Finding pathways to increase food availability and nutrition security via production and processing of food biomass
  2. Income generation:
    The contribution of food and non-food biomass to income generation within the value web
  3. Policies/decision support:
    Supporting evidence-based policy and decision-making within an African bioeconomy
  4. Innovation systems and Transition management:
    Opportunities and challenges with a focus on African biomass-based value webs

Furthermore, the online presence of BiomassWeb research will be more visible through the BiomassWeb Dgroup and BiomassNet. The BiomassNet concept was presented and discussed during the meeting. Including the important feedback from the participants, BiomassNet will be ready to launch in November, 2016.

On the last day of the meeting, the participants took part in an excursion to IITA, Nigeria, to visit important research sites, such as the IITA Cassava Processing Facility or the Business Incubation Platform (BIP).

Workshop on ‘Qualitative Modeling’ with iMODELER in Nigeria

A two-day workshop on ‘Qualitative Modeling’ was held at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria from February 29, 2016 to March 01, 2016.

Members of BiomassWeb and the workpackage 3.3 ‘Systems Modeling’ presented the development of descriptive and explorative models of biomass-based value webs of different crops with the software iMODELER, developed by CONSIDEO.

iMODELER develops generalized models of biomass chains, such as cassava, maize or plantain, while looking for synergies between the crops as well as synergies with other crop with explorative qualitative cause and effect modeling.

The workshop had the goal to find potential measures for explorative modeling and reflect on how to initiate change as well as identify the obstacles on the way to learn the systemic methodology of Explorative Qualitative Modeling.

Group picture iModeler Ibadan 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Participants of the workshop on ‘Qualitative Modeling’ in Nigeria

THE 20th ICABR CONFERENCE

WELCOME TO THE 20th ICABR CONFERENCE

Ravello (Amalfi Coast – Italy) June 26–29, 2016

Auditorium Oscar Niemeyer

TRANSFORMING THE BIOECONOMY: BEHAVIOR, INNOVATION AND SCIENCE

 

Since its founding in 1996 as a forum to assess emerging issues in biodiversity and agricultural biotechnology, the annual ICABR conference has evolved to include research on a wide range of socioeconomic aspects of the bioeconomy.

To celebrate its XX anniversary, ICABR will convene a conference in Ravello in June 2016 on the theme Transforming the Bioeconomy: Behavior, Innovation and Science.

The Keynote Speaker will be Dan Ariely, the James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University on the topic “Irrational behavior in science and technology communication: truth and dishonesty” Read more

Innovative macropropagation techniques of plantain (Musa AAB), applicable to small scale farmers

Innovative macropropagation techniques of plantain (Musa AAB), applicable to small scale farmers

John Opata, Paul Melichar, Martin Hegele, Beloved Mensah Dzomeku, Jens Wünsche

John Opata gave an oral presentation on “Innovative macropropagation techniques of plantain (Musa AAB), applicable to small scale farmer”. The presentation was held at the ELLS Scientific Student Conference  in Prag, Czech Republic on November 13 – 14, 2015 Read more

The 17th “Tropentag” Conference

The 17th “Tropentag” Conference on “Management of land use systems for enhanced food security: conflicts, controversies and resolutions”

Several BiomassWeb members have participated in the 17th “Tropentag” Conference on “Management of land use systems for enhanced food security: conflicts, controversies and resolutions” taking place at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, on September 16-18, 2015 Read more

TLUD-Pyro stove

Developing a prototype microgasifier stove for improving household energy systems in rural Ethiopia

By Kiatkamjon Intani, Sajid Latif, and Joachim Müller

Micro-gasifier cookstoves can produce their own gas from solid biomass, such as maize cobs, provide heat for cooking activities, and can produce charcoal and bio-oil as a by-product.
Micro-gasifier cookstoves can produce their own gas from solid biomass, such as maize cobs, provide heat for cooking activities, and can produce charcoal and bio-oil as a by-product.

Most of the households in Ethiopia still rely on traditional use of biomass for their energy needs. Traditional three-stone stoves are widely used in Ethiopia. This type of cooking device has a low fuel efficiency and high emission, which leads to indoor air pollution. Indoor air pollution causes chronic eye illness and respiratory disease in women and children, resulting in about 60,000 deaths per year. This study by Kiatkamjon Intani, Sajid Latif, and Joachim Müller developed a prototype microgasifier stove (TLUD-Pyro) to serve as cooking device and miniature charcoal kilns, producing biochar and bio-oil as valuable byproducts. Read more

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. Read more

Critical reflections on the effectiveness of biomass standards to enforce sustainability

Critical reflections on the effectiveness of biomass standards to enforce sustainability

 Beuchelt, Tina (ZEF, Bonn, Germany), Mohr, Anna(ZEF, Bonn, Germany), Virchow, Detlef (ZEF, Bonn, Germany), Schneider, Rafaël (Welthungerhilfe, Bonn, Germany)

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

How to increase resource efficiency in an emerging bio-economy: Moving from Value Chains to Biomass-Based Value Webs

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

Second Doctoral Workshop 2015

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.

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

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.