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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Thailand 2017
Improving public health, reducing rural poverty and slowing climate change by developing a value-proposition for small farmers that gives them incentives to convert their crop residue into biochar instead of firing it.
The triple bottom line problem confronting the 12 million small farmers of North Thailand and most smallholders in the developing world: climate change, health and poverty. Thailand already suffers from climate change. That means rains are more erratic and torrential when they occur increasing run-offs and floods. These rainfalls as well as water shortages and rising temperatures are reducing crop yields. Poor farmers lack the knowledge, skills, capital or support to improve farming practices. Pollution caused health issues cost Thailand billions of dollars for health care and billions more for lost work, revenue and future earnings.
Using biochar instead of burning field waste eliminates smoke, sequesters CO2 and stops GHG emissions. It reduces the health problems the community suffers during the burning season and helps producing higher yields.
Starting to build up on a local level, because whatever the global benefits sought, nothing can be achieved that does not begin from a value-proposition that appeals to the most local actors. This eliminates costly outside intervention and encourages replication through imitation and sustainability through profitability. Two series of in-field biochar machines (pyrolizers) have been designed for use by small farmers. There are an estimated 1000 currently in use. Furthermore 500 officials and farmers has been trained to make and use biochar.