Markets and trade
“Markets and trade” covers supply, demand, trade, and prices of biomass produce both domestically and between countries.
Growing demand for food and non-food biomass originating from sub-Saharan Africa can be expected for the coming decades, fostered by population and economic growth within Africa as well as attempts to substitute fossil fuels in emerging and industrialized regions of the world. This increasing demand can only stimulate higher African biomass supply when a) markets for traditional biomass commodities and products become more efficient, and b) markets for innovative biomass commodities are created. This poses challenges for both domestic market development and foreign trade regimes.
This thematic area features contributions related to:
- Does growing international demand for non-food biomass reach African markets via price transmission? Should African countries lower trade barriers and ease market access to stimulate domestic biomass production, and – if yes – how?
- Will increased supply of non-food biomass by African producers pose a threat to food security by crowding out food biomass?
- Sub-Saharan Africa will see considerable population growth in the coming decades, putting pressure on domestic food and land use systems. How can this prospect be reconciled with a greater export orientation of African biomass producers?
Theme coordinator: Arnim Kuhn