Flux Gears Up For ERW Project In Cameroon

Flux Gears Up For ERW Project In Cameroon - Carbon Herald

Flux, a carbon dioxide removal (CDR) company specializing in enhanced rock weathering (ERW), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with African Food Security, an agricultural development firm based in Cameroon, to launch a significant ERW project in the Central African country.

The goal is to remove 1 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere while improving food security, enhancing maize yields, reducing dependence on synthetic fertilizers, improving soil fertility, and generating local employment.

The project leverages ERW, a pioneering CDR technique, by spreading finely ground silicate rocks on farmlands, which not only boosts soil fertility and crop yields but also facilitates carbon sequestration.

The primary focus will be on maize production, a crucial staple crop in the region, starting with an area of 4,900 acres (2,000 hectares) and gradually scaling up by 10,000 hectares at a time until reaching the full 205,000 hectares.

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During the initial phase, Flux will implement rigorous measuring, reporting, and verification procedures to model and quantify CO2 drawdown, the company said in a statement Tuesday.

The initiative also aims to enhance regional reputational value by promoting sustainable agricultural practices across 54 African countries.

According to Sam Davies, CEO of Flux, partnerships with large commercial agricultural developers like African Food Security will allow Flux to expand its datasets and research in order to further support ERW development across Africa.

As for African Food Security, this collaboration is aligned with their five-year objectives, including creating 100,000 jobs and achieving 10 million metric tons in annual food production.

Overall, the project is expected to set a benchmark for large-scale ERW deployment in Africa, revolutionize agricultural practices in Cameroon and serve as a model for other regions.

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