To sustain the success and outputs of the BiomassWeb research, BiomassNet – the first pan-African expert network on food and non-food biomass, was established. It provides an interactive platform (www.biomassnet.org) for networking and information exchange between experts working on biomass in Africa and is accommodated under the auspices of FARA. The BiomassNet online platform was officially launched at the University of Bonn, Germany on 12 July 2017 and at FARA, Accra, Ghana on 07 December 2017.
Accepting the fact that delivering publications alone at the end of a research project will not have the expected impact and hence a crucial instrument is needed to achieve the over-all long-term goal of the BiomassWeb project to establish the basis for the development of a knowledge-based African bioeconomy.
Establishing a network that will:
- sustain the process of creating innovative solutions and concepts (as started in BiomassWeb),
- continue beyond the project’s lifetime (2018 and beyond)
- become a major pan-African platform for innovations in biomass-based value webs,
through continuous supply of methods and tools from the research work of BiomassWeb and and in future of other research work.
More than a research question, the challenge of this WP is to create a network, which is able to utilize the “living toolbox” for continuous research of creating innovative solutions and concepts for specific research questions at present and for up-coming research questions in future.
BiomassNet serves as platform for the exchange of information, knowledge, experiences and ideas between its members. All methods and tools developed and used in the various work packages of BiomassWeb will be processed and made available to all members of the network for further use; esp. protocols, procedures, software and other decision support tools for process analysis and management directions. With the online platform BiomassNet initiates and supports the development of additional methods and tools relevant to the production and use of biomass in Africa and build up a “living toolbox“ consisting of methods and tools as well as of experts. This “living toolbox“ will enable and stimulate in the future and for the future innovation processes and application and development of situation-specific recommendations for specific value webs under certain consideration.
- Dr. Christine Schmitt
Center for Development Research (ZEF)
Department: Ecology and Natural Resources Management (ZEFc)
- Dr. Raymond Jatta
Forum of Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)
- Benjamin Abugri
Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)