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Lloyd Helferty

Feb 1, 2020, 7:42:36 PM2/1/20
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 Sorry that I did not send this out earlier.  ... unfortunately the deadline (Jan 19th) is past already.

 It is, however, good to know what is happening in Europe around topics of Soil health and food since decades of investment and agricultural models based on efficiency and productivity to meet the needs of a growing global population are highly impacting biodiversity, food diversity and ecosystems.

See also:

One Planet Business for Biodiversity

An innovative, global coalition with one common goal: transform the food and agriculture systems to protect biodiversity, for the benefit of planet and people. Committed to build sustainable agricultural models while preserving natural ecosystems.

3 pillars for action: regenerative agriculture, product diversification and restoration of ecosystems.


OP2B coalition was announced on 2019-09-23 at the United Nations Climate Summit


Lehmann, Johannes. Biochar beyond Carbon Sequestration: Life-Cycle Emission Reductions, Nutrient Recycling and Food Security.


From the Abstract:

“In comparison to other major carbon dioxide removal approaches such as crop management or restoration of wetlands, biochar systems may generate greater emission reductions at equivalent carbon dioxide removal. ... it does typically not constitute an on-site competition for organic matter as observed with crop management, and increasing carbon in soil with biochar may therefore not constitute a trade-off with food production.”


David Montgomery's latest book, Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life


"This book is a fantastic exploration of regenerative agriculture and the importance of regenerating soil to mitigate climate change, improve food security and increase crop profitability."

note: "Biochars pyrolyzed at 700 °C have much higher pH, CEC, [specific surface area (SSA)], and stronger buffering capacity, and thus are more promising to improve soil health and reduce contaminant bioavailability."
        -    Antonangelo, João Arthur, Hailin Zhang, Xiao Sun, and Ajay Kumar.
“Physicochemical Properties and Morphology of Biochars as Affected by Feedstock Sources and Pyrolysis Temperatures.”



On 2019-12-31 the International Biochar Initiative (IBI) announced a new Board representative from Africa, Veronica Agodoa Kitti from Ghana.

Veronica is the CEO of Alternative Sets of Assistance Initiative, Ghana and is a Fellow of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) UK and holds a Bachelor degree in Commerce (Honours) from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana.

She worked extensively in poverty reduction, women economic empowerment, agriculture and soil improvements, climate change mitigation and community developments. She is responsible for facilitation and Implementation of biochar research outcomes at the grassroots levels (2009 to date) to reduce deforestation, increase food production, reduce indoor and outdoor air pollution and mitigate climate change with fossil fuel substitution and carbon storage.

Veronica was involved in coordinating project activities of Agricultural and Environmental Benefits of Biochar (BeBi) from 2009 to 2013 and BiocharPlus projects (2014 to January 2017) corporation projects of ACP Science and Technology.

She built capacities of stakeholders on biochar systems in Ghana and was co-responsible for project communications for stakeholders both in Ghana and Africa. She adapted the Elsa biochar cook stoves for women use and train farmers in the use of biochar for soil amendment in Ghana.

  She is a Member of the Steering Committee of the Africa Biochar Partnership for promoting biochar systems in Africa and is currently implementing biochar systems for energy access, land reclamation, climate smart agriculture and socio-economic development in Ghana.


Lloyd Helferty, Engineering Technologist
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Subject: [mailinglist2_forum] Mission in the area of “Soil health and food” as part of the next research program Horizon Europe
Date: Wed, 15 Jan 2020 15:24:42 +0100
From: secre...@4p1000.org
To: mailingli...@4p1000.org

Dear Partners of the “4 per 1000” Initiative,


The European Commission proposes to implement a mission in the area of “Soil health and food” as part of the next research program Horizon Europe.

Missions are a new instrument for research and innovation to increase the impact of research, connect with citizens and show that science matters in day-to-day lives.

A mission in the area of soil health and food will raise awareness on the importance of soils for food production and other important services/functions.

It will deliver knowledge and solutions to manage soils in more sustainable ways so that they are preserved for future generations.


On behalf on the Mission Board, I would like to ask you to spread the message by alerting your contacts and networks of the following Survey and video:


* Survey: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/mission-soil-health-and-food

Your answers will help to develop the scope of the mission and communicate to you on its design and implementation.

The survey will take around 10 min.

Please note the deadline : 19 JANUARY 2020.


* Life on hearth depends on soil (video): https://youtu.be/oJF_GTmrJGI

You can learn more about what the EU is doing to protect and restore this precious resource: https://europa.eu/!mg77Uw


Best regards



Chers partenaires de l'initiative " 4 pour 1000 ",


La Commission européenne propose de mettre en œuvre une mission dans le domaine de la " Santé des sols et alimentation " dans le cadre du prochain programme de recherche Horizon Europe.

Les missions sont un nouvel instrument de recherche et d'innovation visant à accroître l'impact de la recherche, à établir des liens avec les citoyens et à montrer que la science compte dans la vie de tous les jours.

Une mission dans le domaine de la santé des sols et de l'alimentation sensibilisera à l'importance des sols pour la production alimentaire et d'autres services/fonctions importants.

Elle fournira des connaissances et des solutions pour gérer les sols de manière plus durable afin qu'ils soient préservés pour les générations futures.


Au nom du Conseil de mission, je vous sollicite afin que vous diffusiez le message en alertant vos contacts et vos réseaux de l'enquête et de la vidéo suivantes :


* Sondage : https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/mission-soil-health-and-food

Vos réponses permettront de développer l'étendue de la mission et de vous communiquer sur sa conception et sa mise en œuvre.

L'enquête durera environ 10 min.

Veuillez noter la date limite : 19 JANVIER 2020.


* La vie sur le foyer dépend du sol (vidéo) : https://youtu.be/oJF_GTmrJGI

Vous pouvez en apprendre davantage sur les mesures prises par l'UE pour protéger et restaurer cette précieuse ressource : https://europa.eu/!mg77Uw


Meilleures salutations



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Paul Luu, PhD

Secrétaire Exécutif – Executive Secretary

  Initiative “4 pour 1000” – “4 per 1000” Initiative


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  Email: paul...@4p1000.org

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