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Special Issue "Advances in Food and Non-Food Biomass Production, Processing and Use in Sub-Saharan Africa: Towards a Basis for a Regional Bioeconomy"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2018).
Interests: systems thinking for handling complexity; agroforestry, agriculture and rural development; food and nutrition security
Interests: land use and food security; renewable energy; environmental and climate change; ecosystem services; sustainable use of natural resources; biodiversity; urbanization
Interests: biodiversity; food and nutrition security; agroforestry; underutilized crops
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 regional bioeconomy. This will only be possible by harnessing productivity and efficiency gains throughout the entire biomass-producing, processing and trading system(s).
Related research activities are already ongoing in Ethiopia, Ghana and Nigeria within the framework of the BiomassWeb project (www.biomassweb.org), with a focus on key species of regional and/or national importance, i.e., maize, cassava, plantain/banana/enset and bamboo.
This Special Issue calls for advances in exploring, developing, and testing innovative approaches to produce, process, trade and consume food and non-food biomass in Sub-Saharan Africa. We are interested in studies that highlight approaches to using traditional African crops, cascading uses, recycling of biomass and the use of biomass waste. Studies relevant for developing, modeling, and implementing comprehensive land uses, and bioeconomy strategies for Sub-Saharan African countries and regions are also encouraged. We look forward to learning from studies carried out in other Sub-Saharan countries dealing with crop species beyond those emphasized in the BiomassWeb project. Disciplinary studies, as well as those in which interdisciplinary and participatory approaches were considered and implemented are welcome.
As the current state of development of the related sectors is rather young, prospective-oriented research that explores future possibilities, synergies and trade-offs between and across different biomass uses will be appreciated.
We look forward to your contributions.
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Sincerely,Dr. Daniel Callo-Concha
Dr. Manfred Denich
Dr. Hannah Jaenicke
Dr. Christine B. Schmitt
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- production processing and trade
- value chain
- value web
- food and nutrition security
- land-use strategies