Biochar for Carbon Removal
Years of perseverance have paid off as Warm Heart received accreditation from the Ithaka Institute of the European Biochar Certification organization for a new Carbon Removal category of "Tropical Farmer".
“On March 4, Michael Shafer and Jason Highberger, of Warm Herat, along with Hans-Peter Schmidt of the EBC, presented the Tropical Farmer category at an International Biochar Initiative sponsored Webinar with 195 participants from 35 countries. IBI Webinar: Verified Carbon Removal by Smallholder Farmers.”.
This is a major achievement to help encourage farmers to stop burning their crop waste, and instead turn it into carbon credits that can be sold on the emerging Carbon Removal market.
It is exciting that biochar is starting to be recognized in the global carbon removal and sustainable agriculture forums as a means to remove carbon from the air. To date, most carbon removal has been focused at a large commercial level, but there are millions of smallholder farmers who can make a difference in reducing climate temperatures if they do not do open-field burning.
As we train farmers, they reap the benefits of the biochar in their soils and the world benefits from clean, cooler air. Now the smallholder farmers can make some additional income through access to the growing global carbon removal market.
We have partnered with Task.io, and with the help of their phone app we are able to capture the biochar production and usage to verify the carbon removed. Warm Heart has initiated an impact venture with Biochar Life, a Public Benefit Corporation, to manage the demand and supply for the carbon markets.
In Kenya, the first order for 50 tons of carbon credits has 32 farmers making and using their biochar for the planting season. They will receive additional income once their sequestered biochar is verified by our local team. While it is still a small amount of money, it is a source of income they did not have before. This is a new concept in a new market, and for now it is a giant step forward for climate action and smallholder farmers.
In Thailand, Aom is gearing up for another year working with the agroforestry program in Mae Chaem. The first year's planting survived the drought with a 60% survival rate, higher than the expected normal 40% survival rate. Contributions to this fund will go to help re-plant more trees and train more farmers to make biochar. Additional rai are under discussion to add to the program, using biochar and framework trees to retain water and reduce flooding.
Thank you for your faithful support of our work as we extend our training and build farmer networks to make biochar, and help stop the smoke.
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