Book chapter: The potential of non-timber forest products to contribute to the bioeconomy transition: the example of baobab (Adansonia digitata L.) in Malawi
Researchers of the BAOQUALITY project have contributed a chapter to a book that provides the first in-depth investigation of how non-timber forest products are an integral part of local, national, and global bioeconomies.
Drawing on a review of past and ongoing research on baobab production, processing, and commercialisation in East Africa, our chapter illustrates the potential of baobab to contribute to the bioeconomy transition, discusses related challenges, and provides recommendations on the way forward. We demonstrate how baobab products can contribute to a sustainable and inclusive bioeconomy through innovative bio-based products and the principles of cascading use, renewable energy, and circularity of nutrients. We discuss challenges related to mainstreaming innovative uses and products relative to profitability, acceptance, environmental and social impact, value chain structure and functioning, and policy and institutional changes required for their successful proliferation. Our chapter thus provides practical insight into the “what” (challenges and opportunities) and “how” (support) of promoting the transition of African economies towards a bioeconomy through improved use of NTFPs.
The book is in print and scheduled for publication on 19 December 2022 (hardback) and 30 Nov 2023 (paperback). It can be found on the Routledge website https://www.routledge.com/The-bioeconomy-and-non-timber-forest-products/Smith-Hall-Chamberlain/p/book/9781032156262.
Darr D, Dumenu WK, Gebauer J, Kasulo V, Kleinke M, Meinhold K, Munthali CRM, Wichern F (2022): The potential of non-timber forest products to contribute to the bioeconomy transition: the example of baobab (Adansonia digitata L.) in Malawi.
In: Smith-Hall C, Chamberlain JL (eds.): The bioeconomy and non-timber forest products: theory and empirical advances, 1st ed., Routledge, London, ISBN: 978-1-03-215626-2.
Original Article from 24 November 2022 on the website of the Food Systems Research Centre of Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences.