Processing and use

“Processing and use” deals with all issues related to processing and using food and non-food biomass, including nutritional aspects.

Demand for biomass is growing in both Africa and globally due to population growth, dietary shifts and the move from fossil-fuel based economies to biomass-based economies. Achieving and maintaining food security in Africa remains an important issue. On the one hand, food security can be reached directly through production, processing and consumption of food biomass; on the other, it can be reached indirectly through income generation or expenditure savings through processing and use of non-food biomass or waste.

This thematic area features contributions related to:

  • Non-food biomass processing and use, e.g., thermal, chemical, and biochemical methods to convert biomass into energy or industrial raw materials, examples of recycling, coupled and cascading uses of biomass that help to reduce overall biomass consumption
  • Food biomass processing and use, e.g., food safety, food quality, food losses, nutritional aspects of food, food diversity and adequacy, knowledge, culture and gender aspects related to food consumption

Theme coordinator: Tina Beuchelt

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