Agricultural Bioeconomy

Agricultural Bioeconomy

Innovation and Foresight in the Post-COVID Era

1st Edition - November 29, 2022

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  • Editors: Chetan Keswani, Cristina Possas, Emmanuel Koukios, Davide Viaggi
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323906951
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323905695

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Agricultural Bioeconomy: Innovation and Foresight in the Post-COVID Era presents recent advancements in biotechnology, exploring the optimal utilization of technologies to provide rapid and impactful economic recovery and sustainable resources in a future that will bear the mark of COVID-19. Understanding that there is a necessary balance between risk and reward, this book provides a foundational hypothesis as well as operational direction for addressing the commercialization and regulatory issues in a bio-based economy where agricultural output is at the core. By presenting adaptable practices to successfully establish and progress agri-based global bioeconomies, the book features a new paradigm focused on technological foresight and response to future risks and disasters. Key considerations include assessing and managing the urban bioeconomy, climate change mitigation, biofuels and bioenergy, GMOs, and employment generation. This book provides the solid next step toward future-proofing global economies using a combination of agricultural technologies and economic goals. Professionals and advanced students focused on the production of renewable biological resources and their conversion into value-added products including food, feed, bio-based products, and bioenergy will find this book useful.

Key Features

  • Addresses recent issues emerging in agro-based economies
  • Empowers utilization of biotechnology to address worldwide ecological issues
  • Presents adaptable, risk-management approaches to the adoption of socially and financially valuable agri-based technologies


Professionals and advanced students focused on the production of renewable biological resources and their conversion into value-added products including food, feed, bio-based products and bioenergy

Table of Contents

  • 1. Sustainable Agro-Bioeconomy After Covid-19: Nineteen Utopian and Dystopian Scenarios for the World and Turkey
    2. Organic Systems Under Major Changes - A Deep Crisis in the Management of the Organic World of Our Planet – New Tasks for Foresight: An Opinion Paper
    3. Universal access to vaccines
    4. Peptide production by molecular farming with antiviral effects
    5. An assessment of smallholder farmers status in the Umzinyathi and Harry Gwala districts in Kwazulu Province, South Africa
    6. Using Geospatial Technologies to manage through COVID-19
    7. Potential Constraint of Rainfall Availability on the Establishment and Expansion of Agroforestry in the Joe Gqabi, Alfred Nzo and OR Tambo Districts, Eastern Cape in South Africa
    8. The Establishment of Agricultural Biotechnology in Bangladesh
    9. Strategic Tropical Natural Resources Management and Household Socio-Economic Resilience due to the Covid-19 Pandemic
    10. The Healing and Bioeconomic Prospect of Tropical Ecosystems due to the Covid-19 Pandemic
    11. Towards the fifth agricultural innovation era
    12. The role of collaboration and entrepreneurship in strengthening the participation of primary producers in the bioeconomy
    13. Biofuel Co-products for Livestock Feed
    14. Education and training in agriculture and the Bioeconomy: learning from each other
    15. Urban Agriculture and Agro - Environment: A Case Study of Homestead Food Gardeners in the City of Tshwane, Gauteng Province, South Africa

Product details

  • No. of pages: 368
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: November 29, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323906951
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323905695

About the Editors

Chetan Keswani

Dr. Chetan Keswani Senior Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Biochemistry, Institute of Science, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India. He has keen interest in regulatory, commercialization and intellectually property aspects of agriculturally important microorganisms in Asia. He is an elected Fellow of the Linnaean Society of London, UK and received Best Ph.D. Thesis Award from the Uttar Pradesh Academy of Agricultural Sciences, India in 2015. He is an editorial board member of several reputed agricultural microbiology journals and has edited nine books on the subject. For his editorial endeavours he was awarded the Publons Top Peer Review Award in Agricultural Sciences (2018), Outstanding Editor Award (2019) by Archives of Phytopathology and Plant Protection, Taylor and Francis, and Springer-Society Award (2020) for Excellent contribution to the journal Environmental Sustainability, Springer-Nature. He has an i10 index of 26, and citations in excess of 1100.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Biochemistry, Institute of Science, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

Cristina Possas

Prof. Cristina Possas Professor at FIOCRUZ, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has been Chair of Masters´, Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Programs in Public Health and Clinical Research. Currently, Senior Scientific Advisor of Bio-Manguinhos/Fiocruz. Takemi Fellow, Fulbright Fellow and Visiting Scientist at Harvard University New Diseases Group for 10 years. Former Director of the Research and Technological Development in the Brazilian National AIDS Program, Ministry of Health. Former Secretary of National Biosafety Commission - CTNBio (GMOs), Ministry of Science and Technology. Invited by Nobel Prize Françoise Barré-Sinoussi to collaborate as member of working groups in HIV Cure Initiative of the International AIDS Society-IAS, with several international publications with members of the Initiative. Former Director of the Brazil research site of the National French Agency for AIDS and Viral Hepatitis Research (ANRS), awarded with a medal. Publications in Nature Biotechnology, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, World Bank, AIDS, JAIDS.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Fiocruz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Senior Scientific Advisor, Bio-Manguinhos/Fiocruz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Emmanuel Koukios

Prof. Emmanuel G. Koukios Professor Emeritus, Chemical Engineering School, National Technical University of Athens, Greece. Head of the NTUA Research Group BIOTOPOS, specialized in the engineering of biological resources and systems, the utilization of biomass in the production of bioenergy and other bio-products and bio-services, and the management and strategy of socio-technical change. His current activities focus on issues of sustainability, the use of technology foresight tools, and the emergence of bioeconomy and bio-society, with emphasis on bio-greening. His published work consists of more than 500 journal, conference and other outputs, with more than 4000 citations. His distinctions include getting an Honorary Doctorate on Bioresource Technologies from Pannonian U. (Hungary); managing the European Commission’s research activity on “Innovation in Agro-Biotechnology” (Brussels); coordinating a National Technology Foresight Program (Greece); obtaining Fulbright Award on Renewable Energies by the U. of California (Berkeley, USA); and chairing the Bioeconomy Advisory Board of the EC.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emeritus, Chemical Engineering School, National Technical University, Athens, Greece

Davide Viaggi

Prof. Davide Viaggi Full Professor in Agricultural Economics and Rural Appraisal at the University of Bologna, Italy. The main research interests include economics of the bioeconomy, provision of public goods by agriculture and forestry, economics of innovation and entrepreneurship, agricultural policy, economics of water use, environmental evaluation, farm management. He was involved in several EU-funded projects and coordinator of the projects CAP-IRE (FP7), CLAIM (FP7), PROVIDE (H2020) and CONSOLE (H2020). Author of more than 500 publications, of which 115 papers listed in Scopus, with 1263 citations and h-index 20. Author of the book “The Bioeconomy: Delivering Sustainable Green Growth, CABI (2018) and former Editor-in-chief of the journal “Bio-based and Applied Economics”. Expert for the EU Commission of the evaluation of the first Bioeconomy strategy and involved in projects on bio-based products, Bioeconomy clusters, bio-based business models, Bioeconomy transition. UNIBO representative for the European Bioeconomy University.

Affiliations and Expertise

Full Professor in Agriculturral Economics and Rural Appraisal, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy

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