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.
Bamboos are amongst the fastest-growing plants. Selective harvesting of bamboo culms favors growth and harvested biomass re-grows within a year. This renewability implies that the utilization of biomass enhances the productivity of bamboo. However, lack of research and data on bamboo and its uses limits its adequate utilization in Ghana and Africa; e.g. as component of agroforestry systems or as a renewable resource for energy. Therefore this research aims at surveying new uses of bamboo biomass (to generate additional income) and the integration of bamboo into agroforestry systems (to enhance resilience of food production systems and to supply additional biomass). The utilization of bamboo biomass is tested for: charcoal (for household energy). Additionally, bamboo-based agroforestry systems are tested – with regard to the productivity of food/non-food biomass and to the contribution within biomass supply systems.
The purpose of this workshop is to bring together stakeholders in Agriculture and Forest sectors, Bioenergy Energy and Environment sector, Bamboo entrepreneurs, bamboo and forest land restoration project managers, government officials, CSO etc, to share the project experiences/results in;
Increased resilience and protection of crop yields: bamboo & crops or help to farmers adapt to climate change (e.g. floods or erosion);
Increased livestock yields through feeding bamboo leaves
How a bamboo agroforestry system improves soil characteristics and, thus, increases productivity of food crops.
Location: Forum for Agriculture Research in Africa-FARA, Accra Office, Ghana
Date: 22nd June, 2017
Our research is structured around the analysis of biomass demand, supply and related value webs, research innovations, and implementation including capacity and network building.