Encouraged by FAIRCHAR we have started to grow sweet sorghum in between our trees on biochar enriched soils. The biomass wastes which come from the trees and sorghum are turned into biochar which is then plowed under to serve as a soil improvement agent.
Each ton of biochar buried in the ground represents 3,8 tons of CO2-equivalentent withdrawn permanently from the atmosphere. Because biochar does not oxidize, the 3,8 tons of CO2 which is locked-up in each ton of biochar will be sequestered for hundereds of years. Agri-CCS (carbon capture and storage) is much less expensive than industrial CCS. By allowing African farmers to bury CO2 emitted in the industrialized countries poor rural communities will develop and the damageful use of wood and charcoal for cooking will be stopped.
FAIRCHAR, a new and very effective soils enhancement process which strongly drives rural development is being introduced. Through Fairchar soils are enriched by means of locally produced Sorghum based biochar. Biochar made from the stalks of Sorghum is dug into the soil enhances soil fertility. The same biochar causes water and plant nutrients to be retained better and soil organisms to thrive better.