Biochar in conservation farming (ELDIS)

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Improving crop yield and storing carbon. Biochar in conservation farming in Zambia. End report phase 1

The main aim of the project is to investigate the potential of organic waste biochar to sequester carbon and improve the fertility of weathered, sandy and/or acidic Zambian soils. Biochar amendment is exclusively combined with Conservation Farming (CF). In CF only10-12% of the land is tilled. Therefore CF and biochar are a favourable combination, since less biochar is needed to obtain the same effectiveness as with conventional tillage.

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.