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 50 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.
These stakeholder groups were introduced to the features of BiomassNet and guided through the website by Dr. Raymond Jatta and Benjamin Abugri of FARA. The participants of the meeting represented Ghanaian, German, Ethiopian, and Nigerian institutions including FARA, ZEF, Gratis Foundation, WIAD-MoFA, CSIR-FRI, INBAR, University of Ibadan, Federal University of Technology Akure, YOM institute of Economic Development, and other national and international entities. Keynote speaker Prof. Felix Asante, Director of the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research in Ghana addressed the potentials of bioeconomy in Africa through his talk titled “Africa’s transition to a bio-based economy: Opportunities and Challenges”.
The launch of the BiomassNet platform was followed by presentations on and an exhibition of BiomassWeb’s Demand Driven Research and Development Activities (DDRD), through which the participants were able to discover value-added processed food products derived from plantain and mushroom. To learn more about the BIomassWeb DDRD activities, visit FARA’s youtube channel to watch our videos on “Plantain Flour in Sunyani Area, Ghana “, “Cassava Peels for Mushroom Cultivation in Gomoa, Ghana” and “The Potential of Bamboo Leaves as Fodder for Livestock in Ghana“.
You may contact Dr. Raymond Jatta through firstname.lastname@example.org