The Cars de DakarIt open until mid-April, it is a hotbed. In this agricultural fair which takes place every year, participating producers and producers from all over Senegal, who take the opportunity to present the work of the whole year, exchange information and farming techniques, display equipment or new agricultural technologies and even to sell animals and handmade products.
At Alianza por la Solidaridad three years we going with rice farmers who support within the Food Security Program funding AECID in Saint Louis, North of the African country. But This year the revolution has been the biochar . Thanks to another -supported project financially by The Box-, A group of women from the rural community of Ronkh has created a biochar production unit is having a resounding success: if 300 kilos were sold in the first week of this year sales have already tripled in 2014. And those who tried it last year, repeated; and those who do not want to try this new energy source, cheaper and environmentally friendly.
Through this initiative Senegalese women have increased their economic resources, with a product that also protects the environment.
As work on alternative energy is not easy, in Alliance for Solidarity we have had the invaluable contribution Francisco Madruga, Graduated from the Polytechnic University of Valencia, que ha estado en St Louis durante seis meses colaborando con nuestro proyecto realizando un estudio sobre las necesidades energéticas de la Commune Ronkh, con el objetivo de proponer alternativas para mejorar la producción y venta del biocarbón.
Se trata de una alternativa energética que se fabrica a partir de desechos agrícolas (cascarilla de arroz y cacahuete, o unas plantas acuáticas como la typha) que de este modo cobran vida de nuevo, aprovechándose su poder calorífico, en un nuevo product having 3B:
The good qualities of this biochar increase if models are used improved kitchens and stoves que permitan una mejor combustión, como las que promueve Alianza por la Solidaridad in Senegal, a country severely affected by the cambio climático. With this type of projects aim reduce the consumption of wood or charcoal which now it is 60% and 26%, respectively. The challenge now is to get biochar is sold on a larger scale in rural areas.