Improving food security in Africa through increased system productivity of biomass-based value chains
INBAR worked on a component of a larger project, BiomassWeb (https://biomassweb.org/). BiomassWeb aimed to improve food security in sub-Saharan Africa, by increasing the system productivity of biomass-based value chains. BiomassWeb focused on addressing three pillars of food security: food availability, through enhanced biomass productivity; access to food, through income generation from biomass production, processing and trading; and use of food, through increasing nutritional quality.
As part of this project, INBAR managed a dedicated work package on bamboo biomass. INBAR aimed to develop and test agroforestry systems that met multiple community needs for income generation, biomass energy and improved nutrition. The project aimed to make full use of bamboo’s multifaceted potential as a source of food, fodder, energy and income.
(Pictured: Bamboo can be an important source of feedstock for farm animals, as well as humans.)