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Tomekpe K.,Center Africain Of Recherches Sur Bananiers Et Plantains Carbap | Tomekpe K.,CIRAD - Agricultural Research for Development | Kwa M.,Center Africain Of Recherches Sur Bananiers Et Plantains Carbap | Dzomeku B.M.,Crop Research Institute | Ganry J.,CIRAD - Agricultural Research for Development
International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability | Year: 2011

Plantain is considered as a major staple food in Central and Western Africa with a production estimated at approximately 8 million tons (Lescot, 2007). But almost all small producers do not have access yet or do not use the innovations from research, and yields are thus very low. CARBAP (African Research Centre on Banana and Plantain) is a novel example of a regional research partnership for plantains and bananas across Western and Central Africa and particularly Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cô te d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea and Nigeria. It links researchers, creates novel platforms, undertakes training and disseminates materials. It encourages mass propagation by farmers - after training, some 10 million new disease-resistant plants were spread to farms over two years. © 2011 Earthscan.


Kamdem I.,University of Liège | Tomekpe K.,Center Africain Of Recherches Sur Bananiers Et Plantains Carbap | Thonart P.,University of Liège
Biotechnology, Agronomy and Society and Environment | Year: 2011

Like most African countries who are producers and exporters of banana, Cameroon is facing a major energy deficit. Yet, the country is generating annually about 4,500,000 tons of fresh banana plant lignocellulosic waste biomass matter equivalent to 402,750 tons of dry matter. The dry matter contained about 80,57% organic matter which are not exploited. Under the sustainable development, which is linked to environmental protection, the biotransformation of these residues can potentially produce about 93,800; 92,133; 447,500 tons of bioethanol, biomethane and pellets respectively. The waste transformation could reduce the energy deficit and create jobs opportunities. Productions of this renewable energy or biofuel also constitute a new area which could assure an important source of income for the banana cultivators and the entire country.

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