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Besichtigung von Erntetechnik eines ölleinanbauendes Unternehmens südlich Nursultan (Brückner)



Renewable resources without land competition with food production

05/01/2017 - 07/31/2019

Funding Volume:
€ 149,672.00

Partner Countries:
Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan,

Funding Body:
Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

One of the biggest challenges sustainable biomass production for material and energy use currently faces is competition for land with food production.

Global food security must remain a priority even as the needs of global industries shift from fossil resources to renewable ones produced through agriculture, livestock farming, and forestry. This dilemma applies to the entire global community, but has particular relevance for emerging economies of the Global South, whose value creation has so far been strongly oriented towards agricultural production and mining. The countries of Central Asia, among others, are a typical example of this.

In search of renewable resources that do not pose any competition to food production, ReNewNoFood also addressed pressing concerns of environmental protection and social sustainability.

Together, the diverse stakeholders from science, agricultural and industrial practice, and business consulting developed concepts for the sustainable production of biobased raw materials for industrial use based on the specific value chain for natural fibres

Dr. Gusovius bei der Bestandsprüfung (Brückner)

Key focus was placed on the regionally dominant raw material cotton with all its problems – enormously high water demand, secondary soil salinisation due to inadequate irrigation, and excessive use of fertilisers and pesticides. 

The network identified and investigated several fibre crops as climate- and site-adapted, but also economically promising alternatives for securing the global demand for natural fibres as well as regional economic growth:

  • Hemp (cannabis sativa)

  • Kendyr (Apocynum venetum)

  • Oil flax (Linum usitatissimum )

Building on the knowledge and contacts/networks gained from ReNewNoFood, several follow-up activities have since been initiated and implemented – e.g. in the form of German-Central Asian joint R&D projects.

  • Sachsen-Leinen e.V. (Coordinator)

  • Sächsisches Textilforschungsinstitut e. V., Chemnitz

  • Leibniz-Institut für Agrartechnik und Bioökonomie e.V., Potsdam

  • Hochschule Bremen, Arbeitsgemeinschaft Biologische Werkstoffe

  • Hanffaser Uckermark e.G., Prenzlau

  • Linotech GmbH & Co. KG, Forst (Lausitz)

  • bioformtex GmbH, Zehdenick

  • Technische Universität Chemnitz

  • World Agroforestry (ICRAF) Central Asia

  • Namangan Institute of Engineering and Technology, Uzbekistan

  • TOO Galant, Kazakhstan

  • TOO Kazlein, Kazakhstan

  • Agro-Bio-Tech, Kazakhstan

  • Syaram PPM LLP, Kazakhstan

  • Deutsch-Kasachischer Agrarpolitischer Dialog

  • Non-commercial JSC "National Agrarian Science and Educational Centre" (NASEC), Kazakhstan

  • Kazakh National Agrarian University (KazNAU)

  • Kazakh National University (KazNU)

  • Kyrgyz National Agrarian University (KNAU)

  • Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University

  • OAO Cotton-Textile Factory, Kyrgyzstan

  • Heider Consulting, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

  • International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA), Uzbekistan



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