Good Practices in Bioenergy Feedstock Production

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African Christian's Organization Network (ACON) is a Kenyan non-profit non-Government Oganization (NGO) based in Bungoma, Western Province.  ACON seeks to promote sustainable development through the organization and training of Community Based Organizations (CBOs) on best practices in development. ACON was founded in the year 2000. ACON's activities are guided by consultations with staff and Board members and are directed towards addressing the needs of the community and towards reducing and eliminating the causes of poverty among the poorest of the poor. Since 2002 ACON has been introducing the Village Development Model (VDM) through activities that serve the villages of Western Kenya. ACON's programs result in progressive and life changing results for 200 village communities of Western Kenya. The VDM areas for which ACON has contributed training and capacity building are:

1. Organization of women's group and self help groups (350 SHGs have been registered through ACON's support and guidance).
2. Women's adult literacy centers.
3. Promotion of best practices in Animal husbandry.
4. Promotion of best practices in kitchen gardening including the use of biochar.
5. Safe drinking water production methods, i.e. ceramic water filters.
6. Training on the production of fuel-efficient cooking stoves.

This proposal introduces a project that focuses on one of the greatest challenges that Kenyans face today - energy security. Lack of energy security is also an indirect threat to Kenya's safe drinking water and food security. This is true because Kenya derives most of its energy from biomass (90%) and of this wood accounts for 80%, charcoal 10%, and crop residues amount to 4%. With 72% of Kenya's energy needs are being derived from forest wood, Kenya's forests continue to be depleted. The forests of Kenya are one of its major storehouses of clean potable water. Kenya's mountain forests are also called "The Water Towers of Kenya".  Deforestation also has a significant impact on Kenya's micro-climates causing a decrease in rain fall in areas were forests have been removed - this significantly impacts food security. These negative impacts resulting from overuse of wood for energy is compelling Kenyans to change their energy source to non-wood biomass.

Non-wood biomass can be used as a fuel for cooking food and heating water in the household, however, in order to harness this energy source the biomass must be densified into briquettes and dried. Biomass briquettes made from crop residuals, and other organic wastes can then be used with efficient cooking stoves to reduce incidents of respiratory illness resulting from indoor air pollution.  This proposal describes a significant potential source of biomass as a feed stock for fuel briquette production, the water hyacinth currently infesting Lake Victoria.

$5 helps provide a portal for users who are interested in our project to donate towards Good Practices in Bioenergy Feedstock Production. ACON is harvesting an invasive species off of Lake Victoria (Water Hyacinth) and drying and compressing this material into fuel briquettes that are used in ACON's "Made in Kenya" efficient cooking stoves.

This project can be visted all year around from 8:00am to 5:30 takes 20 minutes in a tax from Bugoma town. Please contact Salim Mayeki Shaban at + 254 727 621841 or [email protected]

What To Bring

Gloves, tinsmith tools, clothes and shoes for orphans and widows. Laptops and cameras for our field staff.

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