ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE THROUGH BIO-GEL PRODUCTION FROM MORINGA OLEIFERA IN OYO STATE, NIGERIA.
This project will utilize applied research findings from the initial project to maximize the use of fluids from stems of Moringa Oleifera to scale up the production of Moringa bio-gel as an alternative source of energy for household cooking in Akinyele LGA. Additional research for identification of yeast from Moriga flower will be undertaken to achieve increased yield of ethanol. The project will spread to the remaining ten (10) wards of the LGA to increase Moringa plantation to serve as the raw material base while an additional households will be engaged in the use of Moringa bio-gel for cooking. Activities will be intensified to increase Moringa bio-gel production using existing machines fabricated in phase I including the construction of a larger incubator for increased fermentation. At least ten people per ward (100) will receive training on climate change as well as the dangers of fossil fuel, bio-gel and clean-cook stove usage. Purchase of the clean-cook stoves by willing households will be encouraged and a 26 weeks episode of radio education climate change and fossil fuel use reduction will be intensified. Based on matrices gathered in the last phase, 400,000 kg of Moringa wood will be purchased from farmers to generate 5,000 L of the bio-gel for use in the project community. Scientific data on the intensity of the calorific value of the flame, the carbon content of the smoke will be determined to harvest safety of the invention for addition to knowledge climate change mitigation issues. The God Bless Nigeria clean-cook stove designed in the first phase will be improved upon for better output by users. Concerted efforts will be made to work with relevant stakeholders in the research institutes as agreed during the end-of-project meeting to validate and perfect the innovations thus far generated with Moringa bio-gel production, quality control issues, use of wastes of the Moringa stem fibre and wood chips for better commercial use as raw materials for other industrial sectors such as the asbestos ceiling roofs at FRIN and the plumbing fillers being produced by IART from Kenaff plant. An innovation platform will be set up in collaboration with the research institutes for continued exploitation of the benefits of this initiative. The production centre established in phase I at the SerikiOrigi quarters in Ijaiye will be made functional for the accommodation of the needs of youths as well as the community. The use of the bio-gel stove would be monitored, modifications made to suit the goals of the project and 1,000,000 Moringa trees (100,000 per ward) will be planted on individual farmlands of willing partners including likely land promised by the Ogun-Oshun River Basin Authority under its youths in Agric Employment Generation Scheme. These are planned collaborative efforts for wider scale up to other states of the country.
Area Of Work:
Climate Change Mitigation
Project Characteristics and Results
Inovative Financial Mechanisms
A good practice around project implementation should consider information sharing that will assure an informed decision making and subsequent buy-in must be introduced at the inception stating benefits, inputs and modalities of implementation from the very beginning. Also the cost to beneficiaries in terms of times and other tangible inputs should we well listed to avoid drop out along the way.
LIFEBUILDERS attended the 11th and 12th National Council Meeting on the environment and made contributions at the climate change thematic group to influence policy advocacy for government support to farmers on cultivation and processing of Moringa, The need to scale up the bio gel production and assist with subsidy to provide 1million cool stoves to Nigerians in rural area. Prayer presented was adopted by the Council. Ongoing efforts to make Moringa beverage, biofuels available at subsidized price to the populace continues.
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