Nepali Climate Farming Fund

Nepali Climate Farming Fund

Postby Admin » Tue May 19, 2015 2:43 pm

Dear all,

I am just back from Nepal where I worked the last three weeks on an ADB biochar project. We implemented in 15 regions of Nepal with more than 120 farmer families the use of biochar into farming practice. After the first big earthquake on Saturday 25th we tried to coordinate some relief for all those of our farmers that lost their houses or suffered major damages. Initially we thought about setting up a donation fund to help finance the reconstruction and repair of houses for “our” farmer families. An idea which was of course the obvious one, but the more we thought about it, we realized how much this would only foment discord within the community. We cannot pay for the reconstruction of all houses, but what moral right do we have to help one family rather than another in a given community? We had to find a different, more progressive solution to support our farmers to build a more sustainable and safer future for them and their villages. We decided that our support should be in the field of our expertise: in agriculture, nutrient recycling and climate farming strategies that were the reason for our collaboration in the first place.

We therefore decided to launch the Nepali Climate Farming Fund that would pay the farmers in form of carbon credits 1400 Nepali Rupies (a five day salary, equal to US$14) for each m3 of biochar that they produce from crop wastes, charge with cow urine and apply to their soil. We set-up the Climate Farming Fund some days after the first big quake and collected quickly thanks to the Swiss and German biochar community some US$15,000. Thanks to this rapid support we were able to bring last week some substantial relief to > 80 farmer families as advance payment for their biochar production in the next 6 month.

As every farmer family that receives money for biochar related climate certificates from the Nepal Climate Farming Fund is required to reach out to at least one neighbor family to recruit and instruct them in the art of char-making and nutrient enhancement, so that they too can begin to include biochar in their economic cycle and become eligible for selling carbon credits, the initiative is rapidly multiplying and our support reaches an increasing number of families.

With the new earthquake today which had less material effects but intensified the psychological trauma that will handicap the farmer more and more to rebuild the immediate future, our help and personal support becomes increasingly important. With the Fund we can help at least some families and villages to look forward and not feel abandoned. In addition, this initiative could really become a model of how to link small scale farmers with the global community and thus to multiply climate smart agriculture more rapidly.

We published a more detailed description of Nepali Climate Farming Fund and report of our experiences in the aftermath of the earthquake in Nepal in the Biochar Journal, see here:, or find the pdf of the article in the annex.

The international biochar community is very small and is driven, besides scientific interest, by our will to make the world a more sustainable place to live in and to find a way out of the fatal imbalance of the industrial carbon cycle. We have now the chance to not only implore the political will to action but to help biochar farmers with concrete actions in one of the ten poorest countries of the world severely impacted in recent days by natural disaster. Please think about donating to the Nepali Climate Farming Fund. You may wish to calculate the CO2e emitted during your flights to the COST meetings during the last three years and offset it with US$20 per ton of CO2 using the Nepali Climate Farming Fund. You will find the bank account numbers in the above cited article or in the annexed pdf.

I personally assure that 100% of your donation will go to our farming partners in Nepal. Here is your chance to support a truly global biochar community. In no other place of the world than Nepal have so many biochar field trials been created ( > 130 field trials) and results shared so freely and openly. Alleviate the short term suffering and help Nepal to create a sustainable future and let us learn from their experiences about how to best include biochar once again into common agricultural practice.

With heartfelt thanks

Hans-Peter Schmidt
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