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100 Farmers, 1 Learning Center - Biochar secures Income and Harvests

A project from Char2Cool e.V.
in Lagos, Nigeria

We create a market for biochar in Nigeria so that our partners can self-finance their production. We will set up a biochar learning center and demonstration site to show the increase in crop yield and create a demand for biochar.

Katharina Danner
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About this project

Climate protection as a business concept - How? 
...with water hyacinths char!

Water hyacinths what? Water hyacinths are an aquatic weed that blocks water bodies and emits methane when decomposing. An economic, social and ecological catastrophe! 

Our Product - C2C-Biochar, water hyacinths char. Biochar is a natural soil enhancer that stores water and nutrients. Therefore, plants grow much faster and produce more fruits. Biochar is also a permanent carbon sink.

Our Model - The C2C-Biochar productions are set up by young local entrepreneurs, like Peter Bassey from Lagos, Nigeria. Peter built his first C2C-Kiln, for the production of C2C-Biochar, with just 50$ seed capital. Peter has produced six tons of C2C-Biochar and hired three workers since he started in April.

What is missing? The market… At the moment, Peter is supplying three farmers, that is not enough. So we are buying the C2C-Biochar ourselves.

Our Goal - Sustainable development means that producers of C2C-Biochar, like Peter, can finance themselves. The income has to be generated locally! 

But local farmers can’t afford to take the risk of spending money on a new soil enhancer… unless it is proven to work. That is exactly what we will do. We will build a learning center and demonstration site for C2C-Biochar. We will plant tomatoes, bell pepper and maize to show the effect of C2C-Biochar on plant growth and crop yield. Once the farmers can see it for themselves, the demand for C2C-Biochar increases.

At the same time we will organize 50 workshops to teach farmers how C2C-Biochar increases soil health and fertility. We will reach a total of 1000 farmers. With a turn-over rate of only 10%, we have generated 100 customers and built a stable market. 

…and Peter’s climate protection business suddenly finances itself. 

We will prove that Char2Cool has developed a self-financing model for sustainable development… wherever there are water hyacinths.

Our impact in one year:
3 Jobs - We create at least three full-time jobs with each of our productions. 
30 Tons - A production has an annual output of 30 tons of C2C-Biochar.
300 People - Those 30 tons can offset the CO2 emissions of 300 Europeans.

Your donation has a triple impact!

  1. Farmers get access to biochar; Their crop yield and food security increases.
  2. A biochar market is created; Producers can profit and create jobs.
  3. More climate protection means less climate change; We bind CO2 and prevent methane.
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