Date:October 16, 2014

Strengthening multi-stakeholder dynamics in BiomassWeb research


BiomassWeb is a year research programme of a network of German and African universities and research institutions, international agricultural research organizations, and the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) to improve food security in Africa through increased system productivity of biomass-based value webs. It addresses the challenge to combine increased food security with the growing demands for non-food biomass and developing alternative biomass sources. BiomassWeb hopes to contribute to food security in Sub-Saharan Africa by focusing on biomass-based value webs.

It is clear that this can only be achieved if key stakeholders – farmers, manufacturers, traders as well as regional, national and international decision-makers, and researchers – with interests in these ‘webs’ play an important role in the research and related innovation processes. Multi-stakeholder involvement and participatory forms of research are thus central to BiomassWeb. ETC is accompanying the programme to support capacity building of researchers and their partners in this research approach, facilitate regular critical reflections on using the approach in practice and contribute to documentation and sharing of lessons learnt. Focused training events in Germany and Africa are being facilitated while annual sharing and analysis sessions on the approach are organized as part of the annual network meetings.

Countries / Countries Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria
Duration of project 5 years
Client / partner Centre for Development Studies, University of Bonn
Contact person (within ETC) Laurens van Veldhuizen