The Better-IS Information System (IS) out now!

The IS implemented at the Better-iS homepage will be structured around “fact sheets” which will include edited information of all outputs for the interested reader. The factsheets do include various sections which are aiming at specific recipients. Via boxes on the webpage IS section \\\"policy recommendations\\\" in short as well as specific information for practicioners (extension workers and their coordinators) will be accessable directly. The factsheet itself will additionally serve as gateway to access links toward the original documents (reports, papers, etc.). This will enable researchers and other to get most crompehensive information generated by Better-iS.

Better-iS FILM of Final conference

Final conference „Food Security in the light of Climate Change and Bioenergy“ in Tanzania. The new documentary on ZALF-research shows impressions around the final conference „Food Security in the light of Climate Change and Bioenergy“ in Tanzania. Almost 90 scientists, policy maker, entrepreneurs and farmers discussed the results of three GIZ/BEAF-funded research projects with regard to adaptation strategies to climate change and value creation potentials in agriculture.

Assessment of the Better-iS project by Director Food Security Programme Tanzania

Mr. Mtambo, Director of Food Security Programme, in his opening speech of the final Better-iS conference between the 5th and the 6th December 2011 in Bagamoyo, Tanzania: \" Better-iS [...] does potentially help us to sharpen our lately published biofuel guidelines. The project collected detailed data for biofuel production potential analysis, which is even more valuable to us as bioenergy is still part of our future energy supply. Although contested in the last years, we are confident that our biofuel guidelines do represent an adequate step-by-step process to maximise the positive outcomes to our farmers on the one hand by, at the same time, protecting them from the so-called “land grabbing” which is taking place in so many countries on this continent as I speak. We need those information from Better-iS to support our development strategies as diversifying energy sources is an important part of improving adaptive capacity in many regions in Tanzania. We are curious to learn from the final report. \"

Conservation agriculture

During our conference I was talking to farmers about another ZALF project and the promising aspects of CA. Now back from Tanzania in Germany I can provide you with some more details. Best wishes, Götz.Contact persons: Offices of ACT in Africa for both kenya and Tanzania: African Conservation Tillage Networks (ACT) in Africa: Hamisi Mzoba:; Saidi Mkomwa: Head Office P.O Box 10375 - 00100 Nairobi, Kenya. KARI - NARL, Waiyaki Way, Nairobi, Kenya Tel: +254 20 8076064, + 254 710 122 251 Fax: +254 0412013604 Website: Email: Tanzania P. O. Box 14327 Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, Quality Plaza, 2nd Floor, Nyerere (PUGU) Road, Tel: +255 2864550 +255 788222347 Fax: +255 2864551 Email: - For Zambia, you can check on Peter Aagaad:; Conservation Farming Unit (CFU) Zambia.

IFSA 2012 in Aarhus, Denmark: Call for abstracts

Interested scientist of our Conference are welcome to submit their paper not later than 31.12.2012. Asante conference website at ZALF - IFW Workshop 6-2: Merging the umergeable ?!? – Pathways towards a sustainable co-production of food and bioenergy (in developing countries). CONVENORS Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF)- / AND Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW)- /


Final conference Bagamoyo 2011

Better-iS and ReACCT will host a joint final conference from the 5th to the 7th at Livingston Beach Resort in Bagamoyo, Tanzania. The team invited high ranking speakers such as Mr. Karim Mtambo, director of food security division at the Ministry of Agriculture, Food security and Cooperatives. In total, eighty participants will get together to discuss the major issues of the conference \\\"Food security in the light of climate change and bioenergy\\\".

2010 Better-iS Workshop II Proceedings

This a report of the second annual workshop held from 7th to 8th, December 2010 at Millennium Hotel, Bagamoyo on the project `Biofuel Evaluation for Technological Tanzanian Efficiency using Renewables – integrated Strategies (BetteriS)´


Newspaper article about Better-iS

14.12.2010 - As reaction to our workshop, the country wide english newspaper \"The Guardian\" published an article about the 2nd Better-iS meeting at the 07th of december. The author might follow up with a serie of articles about this topic. This shows how controversial biofuels are discussed in the Tanzanian public.


Successful meeting between GTZ and ZALF Africa projects

On the 20th of August, a delegation of GTZ BEAF visited ZALF to discuss the preliminary results and current developments of the three ongoing African reserach projects at ZALF (Better-iS, ReACCT, Sub-Sahara). In the following, the respective presentations as well as the minutes (the link attached to feature) can be downloaded as pdf.

Overview and current status

General information about the ongoing activities and the current status of Better-iS


Biofuel value chains

General explanation of the Better-iS value chain approach


PhD projects at Better-iS

The two PhD projects in the Better-iS project are presented


Household survey Kinole

Detailed information about the conducted household survey in Tandai village/Kinole ward


Consumption patterns

Consumption pattern approach by Wuppertal Institute within the Better-iS project


Impact model

IFPRIs approach towards biofuel value chains in the Better-iS project


Better-iS has been published in Probec newsletter

Mission of Better-iS “Enhancing livelihoods through linking low-productivity farming to small and medium enterprises (SME) through biofuel value chains” Vision for Better-iS “A network in Sub-Saharan Africa that promotes improved strategies for implementing biofuel value chains and allows for capacity building at local level” Action for Better-iS “Better-iS seeks for partners to use synergies in research and for improved promotion of biofuel strategies”


Suggested Themes for Master Theses

During 2010 twelve master students will embedded in the research design. All themes are centred around the major objective of analysing biofuel value chains. 1. Impact of Bioenergy Crops on Water Supply 2. REDD program in Tanzania with special focus on wetlands and water management 3. Value Chain Analysis of Jatropha in Tanzania 4. Certification of biofuels in Tanzania 5. Agroforestry in short rotation coppices (SRC) as tool for sustainable poverty reduction 6. Alternative oil-bearing energy crops 7.Eco-Charcoal for sustainable forest usage 8. Social conflicts of land use changes triggered by energy crops 9. Bioenergy crops and Forests: Site and carbon stock comparison 10. Reducing Land Use Competition in Tanzania: The potential of fuel efficiency 11. Sustainable Forestry Land Use in Tanzania: The potential of improved efficiency in traditional fuel wood use 12. Biomass Cascading and Climate Mitigation: Good Practice of Biomass Recycling and Reuse in Tanzania



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