Baking with plantain flour. BiomassWeb at Science Night in Bonn.

The BiomassWeb project is taking part in the 11th Science Night of the University of Bonn, representing  the Center for Development Research, ZEF, under the theme “Try and taste bioeconomy”.

One of BiomassWeb’s activities entails developing biomass-based value chain of plantain and reducing post-harvest losses through the development of value added products for small scale farmers and processors in two regions in Ghana. This research was carried out and implemented by our local partner, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research – Food Research Institute (CSIR-FRI), Ghana, supported by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA).

As a result of this activity, the CSIR-FRI, developed a series of recipes using plantain flour to supplement and reduce wheat flour in baked goods. Two of such recipes include plantain composite flour cookies and cupcakes. Come visit our stand at the Science Night on Friday, May 18, from 18:00 to 24:00, and have a taste of these goodies!

You can also find the recipes here in German. The English version will follow shortly.


Opportunity for publication: ‘Advances in food and non-food biomass production, processing and use in Sub-Saharan Africa: Towards a basis for a regional bioeconomy’

the BiomassWeb project and the Center for Development Research (ZEF) of the University of Bonn are co-editing a special issue in the MDPI journal Sustainability on ‘Advances in food and non-food biomass production, processing and use in Sub-Saharan Africa: Towards a basis for a regional bioeconomy’.

The rising global demand for biomass as a source of food, feed, industrial raw materials and energy is increasing pressure on the agricultural sector. The situation is particularly severe in Sub-Saharan Africa where many countries struggle to attain food security while facing emerging alternative demands for biomass.
Therefore, it is crucial to safeguard food security and at the same time set the foundation for a prospective African bioeconomy. This will only be possible by harnessing productivity and efficiency gains throughout the entire biomass-producing, processing and trading system(s).

We are interested in manuscripts that highlight approaches to using common as well as neglected and underutilized African crop species as sources of food and non-food biomass, coupling and cascading uses of biomass, recycling of biomass and the use of biomass waste. Studies focusing on developing, modeling, and implementing land use systems, and bioeconomy strategies for Sub-Saharan Africa are also encouraged. Disciplinary as well as inter- and transdisciplinary studies are welcome.

We look forward to your contributions.


Daniel Callo-Concha, Manfred Denich, Hannah Jaenicke and Christine B. Schmitt
Guest editors

Further details: http://www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability/special_issues/Food_Biomass_Production

Contact: Michael Nassl, mnassl@uni-bonn.de