Soil fertility

Doing wonders with biochar for soil quality in Africa, how do we take it to the next level?

Energy access is a tricky puzzle for the African continent. 70% of the population in sub Saharan Africa relies on biomass for energy. It means that most of the population burns firewood, charcoal, agricultural residues and animal dung for cooking food and for getting done with other day-to-day routines.

Introducing SIANI African Biochar Expert Group

Biochar has recently gained attention in scientific and popular media for its potential to sequester carbon and enhance soil fertility (World Bank 2014). There are also opportunities to improve energy efficiency through pyrolytic cookstoves, improve health through reduced indoor air pollution, and reduce drudgery through reduced need for firewood etc.

SIANI African Biochar Expert Group holds meetings at Biochar Symposium in Potsdam

The SIANI African Biochar Expert group is in the process of starting a network of researchers and development professionals with experience and interest in biochar. We are interested in getting in touch with ongoing biochar activities in Africa, as well as with people who are interested in information about biochar development in Africa.

The Sanitation Chain and Profitable Links between Agriculture and Sanitation

Photo courtesy of the World Bank Photo Collection via Flickr

The nutrients in sanitation flow streams represent an increasing value from monetary, energy and resource perspectives. The market potential for making use of these resources in different ways clearly exists and can be developed further.

Integrating Soil Sample Analysis and Conservation Investment Assessment for Increased Food Production in Tropical Agriculture

This study was presented during the conference “Production and Carbon Dynamics in Sustainable Agricultural and Forest Systems in Africa” held in September, 2010.