UK Biochar Research Centre
Charchive Standard Biochars

Participative distributed innovation processes and biochar: Carbon reduction, sustainable agriculture and soil management

Key Staff:
Timescale:
January 2010 - January 20
Funding:
The Enabling Bio-Innovations for Poverty Alleviation in Asia project is funded through a collaboration between the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand and Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) (www.bioinnovationpolicies.ait.asia).
Partners in Research:
This project is led by the UKBRC who are collaborating with the Appropriate Rural Technology Institute (ARTI), India (www.arti-india.org).


The main objective of the research is to:


 

The initial part of the research has been to develop and test prototypes for improved gasification and biochar stoves.  The two research sites are in Cambodia and India. Biomass gasification stoves are a potential solution to some of the difficulties faced by the rural poor, including smoke inhalation from indoor air pollution, ill-health, gender inequalities and hunger (from poor agricultural productivity – where biochar is used as a soil amendment). Improved cook stoves can provide part of the solution for 7 of the 8 Millennium Development Goals which aim to reduce global poverty (Warwick & Doig 2004). This project will investigate the extent to which the above is true, and will also analyse the process of development and distribution of this particular bio-innovation (the gasification cook stove, or pyrolysis stoves).

For more information:  http://biocharinnovation.wordpress.com/

 

Two workshops have been organised as part of this project:

Biochar: production and use in India

Under the Biochar-Innovation project, this workshop took place on 16-17th September 2010 at ARTI, Pune, Maharashtra, India. There were 34 participants - practitioners, research scientists, agronomists and development NGOs.
Details on the workshop can be found at: http://biocharinnovation.wordpress.com/workshop-india/

 

Biochar: production and use in Combodia

Under the Biochar-innovation project, this workshop took place on 22-23rd November 2010 at Siem Reap, Cambodia. The 29 participants included practitioners, research scientists, agronomists and development NGOs.
Details on the workshop can be found at: http://biocharinnovation.wordpress.com/workshop-cambodia/

 

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