Report 3: Identification and characterization of two priority areas for a biochar system pilot project in Ethiopia

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Potential Analysis of Biochar-Systems for Improved Soil and Nutrient Management in Ethiopian Agriculture
Scientific knowledge, as well as knowledge from practical experiences in Ethiopia have been gathered and evaluated. As a final step, two priority areas have been selected that are best suited for a prospective intervention to establish biochar systems in Ethiopian agriculture. The first priority area is suited for the introduction of small-scale pyrolysis or gasification cookstoves in rural areas. The priority area aligns with the project area of the GIZ - ISFM+ project, since the project offers the ideal conditions to combine biochar with other soil improving technologies, such as composting, manuring, or chemical fertilizers. A spatial analysis of pH and SOC content within the project woredas shows that soils in the woredas in Amhara (apart from the highlands) and especially in Western Oromia would benefit the most from the application of biochar substrate. In this area, coffee residues are the most promising feedstock source. A specific stove-model can not be recommended, yet, but several research groups are working on stove optimization in Ethiopia.
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Report 3: Identification and characterization of two priority areas for a biochar system pilot project in Ethiopia
This work was made possible through the generous financial support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through the Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe (BGR, The German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources). We thank the Soil Fertility Improvement Directorate of Ethiopia’s Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources (MOANR), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH Ethiopia country office, Jimma University, Cornell University, and Biochar Europe UG for the excellent support and encouragement during the preparation of this report. We also express our special gratitude to Andreas Möller and Anja Volk from BGR and to Tefera Solomon and Kassaye Tilahun from the Soil Fertility Improvement Directorate of Ethiopia’s MOANR for their leadership, guidance and support without whom this work would not have been possible.
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socio-economic scenario; Ethiopia; Climate smart biohcar systems; biomass resource assessment; soil fertility improvement
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