Most of those who live in East Africa see wide, treeless vistas of straggly corn, degraded, dusty, red soil. Rains are increasingly unpredictable and storms more terrible. Temperatures are rising, crop pests multiplying and old diseases spreading again. Every year, fires rage across the countryside, the smoke reddening the sun and killing thousands of the young and elderly. Sustainable farming with Biochar offers a simple, easily accessible solution to many of the problems and feed thousands.
Poor, subsistence farmers in East Africa do not have the tools they need to battle the impacts of climate change. Each year it becomes harder to produce enough food to fill the need. Soils continue to degrade, what food they can produce is lower in nutrition. Changing weather patterns wreak havoc on planting seasons. At a time when establishing future food security is vital to survival, farmers are not able to maintain current food security levels.
Biochar is a huge step towards sustainable farming that can help farmers increase their amount of healthy, more nutritious harvests. Biochar can also be used in feed to increase the health of their livestock. Sister Miriam Paulette is working with Warm Heart training farmers how to make and use biochar. So far 1,000 farmers have been trained. This program will continue to reach out and provide training to farmers to help put the tools they need in their hands to improve their farms.
Biochar can help cool the planet and reduce global warming. The many uses of Biochar make it a valuable tool that can help improve lives everywhere. Malawi is just one location that is in the process of adapting Biochar into their sustainable farming practices. Warm Heart is also working with farmers in Thailand, and Paga, Bolgatanga, Northeast Region, Ghana. Biochar provides quick improvement to local lives. The wider it spreads the higher impact it will have on the environment as a whole.
Biochar Sweeps East Africa
What is Biochar?
Report of three year UN study of biochar