GlobE - BiomassWeb
Improving food security in Africa through increased system productivity of biomass-based value webs (BiomassWeb)
|Titel:||Improving food security in Africa through increased system productivity of biomass-based value webs (BiomassWeb)
Increasing global demand for food, but also for feed and biomass-based raw materials, has increased pressure on the agricultural sector and food production in Africa. BiomassWeb aims therefore at contributing to food security in Sub-Saharan Africa by focusing on biomass-based value webs. Biomass-based value webs are complex systems of interlinked value chains in which food and fodder, fuels, and other raw materials are produced, processed and traded. BiomassWeb expects to contribute to enhancing the capacity of African countries to participate in the emerging regional and international bio-economy.
The crop science group will analyze current and potential productivity of biomass webs maize and cassava for the countries Ghana, Nigeria and Ethiopia based on new large-scale models of productivity and resource use. Factors determining productivity gaps in biomass webs will be determined and options to improve resource use and web productivity will be identified. Scenarios of potential changes in crop and soil management and indicators describing the overall productivity of biomass webs and overall resource use efficiency will be developed. To facilitate knowledge transfer to project partners and stakeholders, the models will be implemented in the user-friendly modeling framework SIMPLACE (Scientific Impact assessment and Modeling Platform for Advanced Crop and Ecosystem management).
Frank Ewert, Thomas Gaiser, Stefan Siebert, Amit Srivastava
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