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Food and Non-Food Biomass Production, Processing and Use in sub-Saharan Africa: Towards a Regional Bioeconomy

Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, 53113 Bonn, Germany
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Sustainability 2020, 12(5), 2013; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12052013
Received: 2 March 2020 / Accepted: 4 March 2020 / Published: 6 March 2020
The bioeconomy concept has the aim of adding sustainability to the production, transformation and trade of biological goods. Though taken up throughout the world, the development of national bioeconomies is uneven, especially in the global South, where major challenges exist in Sub-Saharan Africa with respect to implementation. The BiomassWeb project aims to underpin the bioeconomy concept by applying the ‘value web’ approach, which seeks to uncover complex interlinked value webs instead of linear value chains. The project also aimed to develop intervention options to strengthen and optimize the synergies and trade-offs among different value chains. The special issue “Advances in Food and Non-Food Biomass Production, Processing and Use in Sub-Saharan Africa: Towards a Basis for a Regional Bioeconomy" compiles 22 articles produced in this framework. The articles are grouped in four sections: the value web approach; the production side; processing, transformation and trade; and global views. The synthesis presented in this paper introduces the challenges of the African bioeconomy and the value web approach, and outlines the contributing articles. View Full-Text
Keywords: Biomass-based value web; biological goods; bio-based economy; food and non-food; circular economy Biomass-based value web; biological goods; bio-based economy; food and non-food; circular economy
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Callo-Concha, D.; Jaenicke, H.; Schmitt, C.B.; Denich, M. Food and Non-Food Biomass Production, Processing and Use in sub-Saharan Africa: Towards a Regional Bioeconomy. Sustainability 2020, 12, 2013.

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