Markets and trade

“Markets and trade” covers supply, demand, trade, and prices of biomass produce both domestically and between countries.

Demand for food and non-food biomass originating from Africa is expected to rise in the coming decades. This is related to population and economic growth within Africa as well as attempts to substitute fossil fuels in emerging and industrialized regions of the world. The increasing demand for biomass can only stimulate higher African biomass supply if 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

Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Women in Agricultural Development, MOFA WIAD, Ghana and Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa, FARA 29.11.2017 BiomassWeb DDRD Project: Mushroom in Gomoa, Ghana Agrolink, MOFA-DEAS Ghana and FARA Video

The video showcases the use of generated agricultural waste (cassava peels) as substrate for the cultivation of mushroom and through this improve on food insecurity, reduce poverty and minimize environmental degradation. The project was conducted as part of the BiomassWeb project (

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