The Africa Biochar Partnership (ABP) is the continental platform for advancing biochar systems in Africa.
Biochar is a term referring to black carbon (charcoal) that is produced intentionally from waste biomass for application as soil amendment to improve agriculture productivity and mitigate climate change thanks to its carbon storage capacity. Biochar is a by-product of pyrolysis, a process of chemical decomposition of organic material at elevated temperatures in the absence of oxygen, hence reducing smokes emissions to almost zero.
Biochar systems relate to biochar technology, pyrolysis and energy production, feedstock, agriculture use as well as to the overall process that makes it a sustainable opportunity for socioeconomic development.
ABP focuses on research, application of results, technology transfer and market development, advocacy and policy advancement, stakeholder and end user engagement, strategic development, networking, training and dissemination.
The partnership serves as a hub for peer-to-peer exchange, learning, training, programs coordination and assistance in accelerating biochar systems development in Africa.