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AFRICAN TREE NURSERIES

TREE NURSERIES for CARBON EMISSIONS

More than 92 percent of all nurseries catering to villages are still located at regional and district levels. As a result, seedlings have to be transported long distances, sometimes even beyond 50 km. The inadequacy of transport is one of the major setbacks in tree-planting, in terms of both availability and cost. All efforts must be made to decentralize Africa tree nurseries as much as conditions allow.

To bridge this energy supply-demand gap, a massive amount of tree-planting is needed. The natural forest is shrinking very fast, and most alternative energy sources have had no significant impact so far.

One of the main reasons tree-planting is failing among some African communities is that they are often given species only for firewood, like eucalyptus. 

 Weak village leadership contributes directly to delays over deciding whether to plant trees or not; and then, even if trees are planted, it can retard or neglect maintenance.

THE NEXT STEP: ORCHARDS AND BIOCHAR

Each woman farmer and their family will begin the task of preparing to plant 300 fruit and nut trees on their leased 1.5 acre farms, Every tree will need a 2- 3 feet diameter excavation, where a biochar earth mound will be built of branches.

AFRICAN TREE NURSERIES
AFRICAN TREE NURSERIES

EARTH MOUND KILN

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The earth mound kiln is built in the following manner:

The bottom of the base is covered with logs forming a grate or crib on which the wood is piled vertically. The grate forms a free space between the bottom and the wood charge through which the air necessary for the carbonization process passes. The piled wood is covered with leaves and grass and then earth about 20 cm (8”) thick.

The pile has an outside stack made of steel drums, which is connected to the pile through a flue cut into the ground, running under the pile and covered with round logs. The pile has a number of air vents located around the circular base.

biochar soil management

The carbonization process is started by introducing a torch into the firing flue opposite the stack. This type of pile is reported to be easy to operate to produce good charcoal quality with a yield of 55% charcoal to wood by volume. The pile’s volume varies from 100 to 250 m³ of wood. The whole cycle takes 24 days; four days for charging, six days for carbonization, ten days for cooling and four days for discharge.

 Carbon Emission to be Solved

The world leaders must find a way to absorb carbon dioxide emissions that is in our atmosphere now. Trees and soils are the only way to absorb the present glut of CO2 in your world. Continue reading AFRICAN TREE NURSERIES

AFRICAN MECHANIZATION RENEWAL 2

AFRICA MECHANIZATION
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It is the time for a new look at renewal of agricultural mechanization in Africa. A paradigm shift is required:  from one of poverty alleviation to investment for economic growth, in which the focus is on sustainable economic growth. 

On average, 700-1,850 tractors are used per 1,000 farmers in Europe and Northern America, exceptionally low levels of mechanization persist in many developing countries: a mere 5 tractors are in operation per 1,000 farmers in Africa. 

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Compare 5 tractors with 1,500 to 1,800 tractors per 1000 farmers

The total number of working tractors would have to be about 3.5 million (7 times more) to put Africa on a par with other regions. Agricultural would have to expand by a factor of about ten to approximately 400 000 tractors per year. Such a growth in tractor sales cannot be achieved immediately but could be in, say, 10 or 12 years. This would require urgent action to stimulate the market to attain sales of the order of 100 000 units per year within two or three years. As a comparison, tractor sales in India in 2005–06 were 264,790 units.

There has been a massive devaluation of many African currencies. This leads to very high cost of agricultural machinery which leads to reduced imports of machinery in Africa.

An illustrative quote (from FAO & UNIDO, 2008) helpfully summarizes the way forward: ‘If agricultural mechanization efforts are to succeed in Africa, there is an urgent need for all concerned, be they farmers, supporters, planners or policy makers,to understand and contribute to agricultural mechanization efforts across the entire farming system and with a value chain perspective’.

FAO & UNIDO must know and support our project. Please send a link of this to them…

How can African prosperity get started?

Over 60% of farm power is still provided by people’s muscles, mostly from women, the elderly and children. Affordability of mechanization is often beyond the reach of the small holder family. You can make a difference in so many lives.

 Decades of counter-terrorism teaches that the best bulwarks against extremism are states that are prosperous and just. With your support, the middle class will band with the underclass to bring about regime changes.

You can help by expanding access to rich-world markets for African goods, particularly in agriculture and the opportunities for other African industry would also expand.

How does the world approach climate change? Unfathomable amounts of carbon emissions can be soaked up by trees? Your support will assist us in developing Today’s Tall Tree Nurseries in Africa.


A young African will move to the city if all he can earn is $10/day. This same African will return to the land because mechanization has changed the whole picture: the farms can now be more productive. Your support will take the pressure off African urbanization, which usually ends in abject poverty or crime in the city.

Designing an Agricultural Mechanization Strategy                                        

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Living Water Investment Plan 2

THE INVESTMENT PLAN

Living Water is Corporation  proposed to set up a new Investment Plan to encourage investment in Africa.

The Missing Middle

While micro finance has succeeded in providing access to capital for people at the base of the pyramid, most micro finance lenders are capitalized to take an entrepreneur only so far. 

The vast majority of entrepreneurs served by micro finance loans still lack the ability to scale their business, add real value in the supply chain, and steadily increase their profitability.

The Living Water Investment Plan is the second phase, which will be introduced after the installation of our Living Water MicroFinance Inc.

Our Living Water Investment Plan is where entrepreneurs can organize, analyze, optimize, and share a customized business plan with investors and business mentors. 

The business mentors from Next6 helps guide an assessment of the business’s strengths and weaknesses, a comparison of business to industry peers and an estimate of the business valuation.

Living Water Is Corporation will guarantee a 10% return on investments in the first year. Our Opportunity Snapshot develops a fund raising campaign to tell a story and get the word out.

The entrepreneur may be asked to invest as little as 5% to10% of the investment required. The entrepreneur’s business information is confidential and secure.  The only parties which will see your business information are the parties with which he or she choose to share, i.e. investors.

The Big Question is how much of an investment are we talking about? The answer is related to the selling of a profitable reasonable concise business plan on our Opportunity Snapshot. As to the amount, you can only go so many times to the well, so we are forced to limit ourselves to unique business ideas, which are scalable and difficult to copy. If it doesn’t fill and need, it won’t go anywhere.

A very common way to pitch an idea on line is to make a video. Videos make it easy, on a human level, to get familiar with the people behind the idea or cause, and they are far easier to digest than reading through a Power Point presentation.

* Beware of Foreign Funding of any international “firm” which requires a “fee” to be sent in advance through a wire transfer to a foreign bank (Nigerian 419 Scam).

The Land TrustLiving Water Is

Living Water Is Corporation aims to use innovative long-term  leases through a Land Trust to begin a Renewed Africa.

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