The Africa Biochar Partnership was launched on the 1st March 2016 in Nairobi – Kenya at the International Workshop on Biochar Systems for Africa, organized by the “Biochar Plus” project in collaboration with “Biochar for Sustainable Soils” project.
The Africa Biochar Partnership (ABP) is an open continental platform for advancing the cause of Biochar Systems in Africa. Biochar systems relate to biochar technology, pyrolysis/gasification of biomass, feedstock, agricultural use as well as to the complexity of relations which are necessary to make the overall process sustainable and an opportunity for socioeconomic development.
ABP will focus on research, applications, technology transfer and market uptake, advocacy and policy advancement, stakeholders and end users engagement, strategies development, networking and dissemination. It will serve as a hub for peer-to-peer exchange and learning, training, and coordination of programs and assistance on accelerating biochar development strategies in Africa.
The overall objective of the Africa Biochar Partnership is to harmonize the coordination, communication and building capacities of biochar systems as opportunities for optimized biomass and biowaste use towards improved resource management in the sectors of agriculture, environment, energy, health and socioeconomic development of the African people.
The ABP will also facilitate the production and dissemination of very efficient burners (pyrolytic/gasifier stoves) for improved and efficient cooking and also for power generation. This will thereby help to ameliorate the persistent problem of overreliance on woody biomass to meet domestic energy demand mainly in the sub-Saharan African region. The ABP will promote the use of waste biomass resources in its energy agenda to promote sustainable energy access and contribute to the SE4ALL agenda.
The ABP will also intensify research on the Biochar produced in the utilization of the pyrolytic/gasifier burners for its safe and meaningful application in the agricultural fields to increase food production in the Africa countries. Biochar has the potential to ameliorate soil conditions. The benefits of biochar for soil amelioration depend on soil properties. It is most beneficial on highly leached sandy and acidic soils such as predominantly found in most sub-Saharan African countries.
The ABP is composed of all the relevant partners and stakeholders already working on biochar in Africa, including regional and international institutions inside and outside Africa. The ABP will, in the interim, be housed at the ECOWAS Centre for Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) until the partners agree on its headquarters.
The International Workshop launching the ABP was attended by representatives from regional and international organizations including the African Union Commission, Biochar plus Project and its project partners, Biochar for Sustainable Soils, International Biochar Initiative, SIANI, ECREEE, NEPAD National Bureau in Kenya and Senior Kenya Government officials.
More details on the “Biochar Plus project” can be found on this website