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Africa’s Black Revolution

We recently paid a visit to David Guerena (PhD Candidate in soil science at Cornell University under Prof Johannes Lehmann) at his field sites in Vihiga, Kakamega, South Nandi and North Nandi,  Western Kenya (about 30 minutes drive from Kisumu and Lake Victoria). David and his group have been working in the region for the […]

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BBC World features our work in Western Kenya

  re:char’s work in Western Kenya was recently featured on an episode of BBC World’s Horizons Business. This episode covered innovative business approaches to solving food insecurity in Africa. The Horizons Business team visited us in Bungoma, interviewed some of our farmers, and produced a great 5 minute segment on our work. Our segment was then […]

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New Possibilities in Biochar Stoves

The 3 stone fire– the traditional East African Cooking apparatus found in millions of rural households. It’s simple and cheap, consisting of 3 large stones supporting a cook pot, with a wood fire burning underneath. The 3 stone fire is ideal for cooking ugali, the staple dish of the region (a thick paste of cornmeal […]

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The Humble Beginnings of a Biochar Revolution

Bungoma, Kenya– Today re:char has officially joined forces with ACON, an East African non-profit committed to bringing biochar and organic farming techniques to farmers in Western Kenya. Led by Salim Mayeki Shaban, ACON has converted 750 farms across 30 villages to biochar and organic techniques. Through their efforts, ACON has nearly doubled the crop yield […]

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Comparison of Maize Crop in Western Kenya

Meet Stoyek

Stoyek Okumo is a small farmer in Bungoma County in Kenya’s Western District. Like the millions of other farmers in Western Kenya, Stoyek farms approximately one acre of land. He grows beans, maize and kale to provide food for his family, and generate a bit of income. Life for small farmers in Kenya is challenging. […]

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Jambo Kenya!

Jambo! The re:char team is currently in Western Kenya working hard to bring biochar to those who need it most. Kenyan smallholder farmers (like many others in the developing world) are at great risk from food insecurity and climate change. Already our partners in-country have noticed delays in the onset of the rainy season, leading […]

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IBI Convenes Biochar Characterization Standard Working Group

The International Biochar Initiative (IBI) has convened two working groups to develop a draft characterization standard for biochar. I’ve been fortunate to participate in the North America/South America/Africa working group among some of the brightest minds in biochar, from both industry and academia: Jim Amonette, United States Jason Aramburu, United States Louis de Lange, South […]

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Businessweek names re:char one of America’s 25 most promising social enterprises!

This week, Bloomberg Businessweek named re:char founder, Jason Aramburu, one of America’s Top 25 Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs! At re:char, we believe by integrating social impact directly into a venture’s mission, we can do good while making money. We are thoroughly honored to be a part of this cohort of brilliant entrepreneurs and ventures. You can […]

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Fox Business News Interviews re:char Founder

Fox Business News reporter Christina Scotti interviewed re:char founder, Jason Aramburu, on the potential of biochar as a carbon sequestration mechanism. Jason and Christina discussed the benefits of biochar, and the potential of re:char’s mobile fast pyrolysis technologies for improving agriculture and energy production in the developing world. Excerpts are shown from Jason’s 90-second Elevator […]

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Ocean Algae to Biochar– A discussion with Dr. James Lovelock

Here at re:char, we are often bombarded with requests for proprietary information about our technology. “Can you please provide schematic diagrams for your pyrolyzer systems?” “Can you provide the details of your bio-oil upgrading processes?” Although we believe in the open-source model, it’s exceedingly difficult to have a completely transparent tech development process while remaining […]

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