Biochar is produced by burning agricultural waste, using University of Exeter designed furnaces, creating the Biochar, which goes on to be pressed into briquettes and sold within the respective markets. Biochar emits 50% less carbon dioxide than charcoal, aiding the global aim for environmental sustainability and creating a healthier home environment for those using the product.
The BioSmart team have been working in Kadzinuni for several years. Before founding the Kadzinuni Biochar Group, community members travelled up to three hours a day to collect illegal firewood to power their homes. This task typically fell on the shoulders of women, leaving them without their own income, thus reliant on their husbands. Biosmart work with a team of local women who make an income from Biochar sales while maintaining their social and cultural needs.
Zanzibar is BioSmart’s newer branch of the project, where they are still in the preliminary stages of expansion. The focus here is predominantly on the environmental benefits of implementing Biochar in place of fossil fuels.
Funding from the Matthew Good Foundation will help BioSmart re-establish the project after the pandemic dramatically stalled progress due to market closures and lockdown restrictions. To ensure production can continue, they also need to replace the initial furnaces and order more biochar briquette presses.