The GlobE-wetlands project is an interdisciplinary project dealing with the effects of cropping activities on seasonal wetlands. While wetlands in sub-Saharan Africa are important sites for food production, especially in semi-arid regions, cropping activities may also have negative impacts on the integrity of agro-ecosystems.
Abstract Globally between 1980 and 2011 the global area with harvested cassava has expanded by 44% from 13.6 million to 19.6 million ha making it second only to maize but ahead of rice, wheat and potatoes. However, this multipurpose crop, is seriously underutilized in Kenya. It is a plant which can be harvested in ... Read more
The purpose of the present research shall be to improve the fruit and seed yield of Moringa oleifera in Kenya thus enabling farmers to maximize benefits from this species by increased production per unit area for food, fodder and water purification. There is a high increase in human population, reduction of available land for cultivation ... Read more
Hen Mpoano is collaborating with the US Forest Service International Programs to conserve the Greater Amanzule wetlands. In the local Nzema dialect, Amanzule means water for communities. The wetlands comprise vast mangrove forests, coastal lagoons, estuaries and peat swamp forests that support critical biodiversity, traditional livelihoods and the local fishing economy in the Western region ... Read more
Given the increasing global demand for food, feed, industrial raw material and energy crops, BiomassWeb aims at contributing to food security in Sub-Saharan Africa through harnessing productivity and efficiency gains in the whole biomass-producing, processing and trading system. This will be achieved by an increased integration of all value web components and the cascading utilization ... Read more
Due to the drastic climate change and its already perceptable consequences which cascade over us daily somewhere in the world, large-scale climate protection combined with development work, is urgently-needed and must start immediately, in many poor countries, which are plagued by world peacethreatening extreme heat, drought, waterd shortage, crop failure, diseases, warfare. For almost all ... Read more
The century’s great defiance: climate catastrophes and refugees The Situation Due to the drastic climate change and its already perceptable consequences which cascade over us daily somewhere in the world, large-scale climate protection combined with infrastructure development work, is urgently-needed and must start immediately, especilally in manifold poor developing and least developed countries, which are ... Read more
Kinetics of Osmodehydration and foam mat drying, and potential of these methods of drying for cassava in reducing energy costs and time for drying. Relatively simple processes practicable in rural settings. Foam mat drying of cassava, development of foam-based Foods (creams, etc).
Commonly, post-harvest technology is performed in a one-dimensional chain approach. Most value adding steps in those processing chains are performed in agro-industry. By-products along the processing chain are mostly seen as waste and dumped, which causes environmental problems. However, in a web-approach all parts of a crop can be used, increasing resource use efficiency and ... Read more