Workshop on Biochar – Production and Uses

Thursday 16th – Friday 17th September 2010

Location: Appropriate Rural Technology Institute’s Rural Entrepreneurship Development Centre

Ganeshnagar, Phaltan – Banaramati Road, Phaltan 415523 District Satara. M.S. INDIA

Phone contact: Ms. Sarah Carter 919595595424, Mr. V.G. Vyas 02166 249874

Email: sarah.carter@ed.ac.uk

Workshop on Biochar – Production and Uses

Thursday 16th – Friday 17th September 2010

Location: Appropriate Rural Technology Institute’s Rural Entrepreneurship Development Centre

Ganeshnagar, Phaltan – Banaramati Road, Phaltan 415523 District Satara. M.S. INDIA

Phone contact: Ms. Sarah Carter 919595595424, Mr. V.G. Vyas 02166 249874

Email: sarah.carter@ed.ac.uk

This meeting will discuss the current state of biochar production and use in India, and will explore the potential for development of new technologies – both large and small scale, with a particular focus on gasification cook stoves. Issues for consideration to policy makers, and prototype guidelines for sustainable biochar deployment as an agricultural soil amendment will be discussed. Biochar is the result of thermally treating biomass (including wood, agricultural residues, paper sludge) in a zero to low oxygen environment to produce a charcoal-type material which can provide agronomic benefits to soils.

Presentations based on your own work/experience on any of the above areas are welcome — please submit an abstract for consideration. Delegates are encouraged to bring display/demonstration materials and video films based on their work. Demonstrators have to make their own arrangements for demonstration materials. A token remuneration will be offered to presenters.

As the desired number of participants is limited, not more than two delegates from a single organisation can be accommodated. This meeting is part of the Enabling Bio-innovations for Poverty Alleviation in Asia Project, funded through IDRC-CRDI (www.bioinnovationpolicies.ait.asia)

For more information please get in touch or visit the website: http://biocharinnovation.wordpress.com/