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What is Our BeBi Project About?

BeBi project is an European Union project which refers to Agricultural and Environmental Benefits from Biochar Use in ACP Countries. The BeBi project has environmental and socio-economic issues at local, regional and global levels.

Environmental - to improve indoor and outdoor air quality, land degradation and climate change;

Socioeconomic - Less fuel cost and production for the household, development of small and medium enterprises for energy and stove production and voluntary carbon credits.

Who are the Project Partners of BeBi Project that ASA Initiative forms part  and where are they on the Globe?

Pictorial grimps of BeBi project partners involved in the Agricultural and Environmental Benefis from the use of Biochar in African Caribbean and Pacific countries.

 

For any further information or enquiries on the BeBi project    please refer to the project website (htt://bebiproject.uniud.it).

How does it relate to our Microfinance and Poverty Reduction?

One core dimension of ASA Initiative Microfinance project moves on the road to improve productive poor households’ incomes by facilitating microenterprise development through assisting to identifying and taking advantage of the economic opportunities within the environments/communities of the target clients.

The ultimate goal of the BeBi project (under technology transfer) is to create and develop Small and Medium Enterprises responsible for:

Stove production and marketing locally;

Pellets production and distribution;

Collection, testing and distribution of Biochar meant for application on to the crop land.

Right application of Biochar unto the soil improves soil fertility and crop productivity from the farm land of the productive households.

At the end of the day lesser percentage of the household income will be spent on energy for cooking.

Improve indoor air quality - If health bill of related diseases caused by indoor air pollution are avoided, then this can spare households of their disposable income.

Some facts and figures to be aware of

Indoor air pollution kills 1.3 million people per year, mostly women and children more than malaria, and almost  equal to tuberculosis and AIDS (WHO, 2006).  

    
Indoor air pollution is  the most important cause of death among children under 5 years of age in developing countries (WHO, 2000).

Women and children in developing countries are the most vulnerable to indoor air pollution. Women spend most of their day doing the cooking within the household. Children are often close to their mothers in the kitchen.

Concern of United Nations  in her Development Goals   

UN Millenium Development Goals 4,5,6 aimed at reducing child and maternal mortality and disease.

 
Under the BeBi project,  development, production and use of improved stoves become the way forward to reduce indoor air pollution without modifying traditional cooking and heating methods.  

 

Looking forward with very high hopes into the future for cheaper and clean energy forhouseholds within Ghana, here we are with the genesis of the whole story.

 

Less fuel from local available feedstock implies less dependent on the forest as a source of fuel energy for cooking.

 

Technology transfer workshop – The workshop took place from 20th to 26th July 2010. It entails series of activities of training on the use of Lucia Stove. Both researchers, academicians, representatives of women and other working groups of ASA Initiative clients, and other civil society organisations interested in the project were present. The ultimate aim is to develop small and medium enterprises locally to produce Lucia stove - to save our environment/climate.

 

BeBi project - Hope for agricultural productivity.

Pellets made out of crop residue or pressed crop residue serves as less fuel to produce more and clean energy for cooking and boiling water. Biochar applied back into the soil to serve as carbon sink and to improve soil fertility and crop yield.

 

ASA Initiative is working hard in collaboration with other development Partners and the Local Government to create more jobs for the people in Ghana.

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