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Carbon Credits for biochar farmers

After the earthquake in Nepal we decided to launch the Nepali Climate Farming Fund that would pay the farmers in form of carbon credits 1400 Nepali Rupies (a five day salary, equal to US$14) for each m3 of biochar that they produce from crop wastes, charge with cow urine and apply to their soil. We set-up the Climate Farming Fund some days after the first big quake and collected  thanks to the international biochar community some US$25,000. Thanks to this rapid support we were able to bring during the weeks some substantial relief to more than 150 farmer families as advance payment for their biochar production in the next 6 month.

As every farmer family that receives money for biochar related climate certificates from the Nepal Climate Farming Fund is required to reach out to at least one neighbor family to recruit and instruct them in the art of char-making and nutrient enhancement, so that they too can begin to include biochar in their economic cycle and become eligible for selling carbon credits, the initiative is rapidly multiplying and our support reaches an increasing number of families.

With the second earthquake which had less material effects but intensified the psychological trauma that will handicap the farmer more and more to rebuild the immediate future, our help and personal support becomes increasingly important. With the Fund we can help at least some families and villages to look forward and not feel abandoned. In addition, this initiative could really become a model of how to link small scale farmers with the global community and thus to multiply climate smart agriculture more rapidly.
Find our more detailed description of Nepali Climate Farming Fund and report of our experiences in the aftermath of the earthquake in Nepal here in the Biochar Journal.

The international biochar community is very small and is driven, besides scientific interest, by our will to make the world a more sustainable place to live in and to find a way out of the fatal imbalance of the industrial carbon cycle. We have now the chance to not only implore the political will to action but to help biochar farmers with concrete actions in one of the ten poorest countries of the world severely impacted in recent days by natural disaster. Please think about donating to the Nepali Climate Farming Fund. You may wish to calculate the CO2e emitted during your flights to the last biochar conference and offset it with US$20 per ton of CO2 using the Nepali Climate Farming Fund. You will find the bank account numbers here.


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