Co-operation with research institutions from different regions across Africa is an integral part of the GlobE research initiative.
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08.09.2014

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Sustainable bioeconomic production means that biomass is processed, refined and transformed directly where it grows. At the same time, one of the main objectives of the bioeconomy is to tackle global challenges. Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research is therefore promoting, in addition to national and European initiatives, projects in countries outside Europe that are designed, in partnership with local actors, to find locally optimised solutions.

Rural regions hold the key to structural change in the direction of a bio-based economy. On the one hand, rural regions are critically important in terms of growing sufficient biomass to supply the population with food and regenerative raw materials. On the other, the bioeconomy offers the rural regions opportunities to establish new industries, thereby creating new income and stab-ilising food markets. To support the vision of a sustainable bio-based economic system, Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) fosters carefully targeted research activities. To this end, it has launched a number of funding initiatives under the German government’s “National Research Strategy BioEconomy 2030”.

The BMBF research strategy

Securing food supplies worldwide has top priority in a sustainable bio-economy. To ensure that enough food will be produced in future we must not only raise agricultural output but also avoid post-harvest losses, which demands consideration of the entire value chain – from breeder to consumer.

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