As summer goes on, a big event is on its way as well.
In the light of TICAD8 that will take place the 27-28 of August 2022, TICAD8 side-events will soon start too. TICAD, or "The Tokyo International Conference on African Development" has been held since 1993 and is the origin of numerous projects of collaboration between Africa and Japan. We can say that without TICAD, Tokyo8 wouldn't develop the way it is actually doing as the root of our international development is the collaboration of ex ABE Initiative students.
Therefore it is important for us to hold a side-event during TICAD8. Being close to the aniversary of the start of the international operations, we will organize August the 19th and the 30th, reporting and discussion sessions to exchange information and showcase the progress made so far.
Please see below for the event guideline and application:
A Simple way to achieve Healthy Soil and Food Security in Africa - Regenerative Agriculture from Tokyo (Informal side event of TICAD8)
In the light of TICAD8, we are organizing an event geared toward the exchange of experience and opinion from using Tokyo8, an organic biofertilizer based on micro-organisms (has received the certification for use in Organic agriculture JAS in Japan).
Food security and soil health are important problems that are growing alongside the population. With the disruption of the distribution chain and the war in Ukraine, cereals and fertilizers are getting scarce or expensive. Tokyo8 aims to alleviate those issues with a biofertilizer that can be locally produced at a very low price. With a microfranchise business model and installations that are affordable/can be built anywhere with water, we aspire to revolutionize the usage of fertilizers in African countries and participate in the betterment of the society. This model could not have evolved this way without the participation and the input of ex ABE Initiative students and African exchange students and we hope it can involve further thanks to them.
It will soon be one year since our cooperation with people from various African countries has started, therefore we want to give a platform to express their voice to the ex ABE Initiative students that have agreed to use and explore the local production of Tokyo8 in their own countries in order to support small-holder farmers and local agriculture.
They will share their different experiences with the product and the local community. It will also cover their opinion and impression on Tokyo8 as well as how they used the biofertilizer and their projects with it.
The program will be :
This event will take place during the side event period of TICAD8, a Japanese government-led conference to be held in Tunisia on August 27th and 28th.
Outline of the event:
A Simple Way Healthy Soil and Food Security - Regenerative Agriculture from Tokyo
Day 1: August 19, 2022 (Friday) 19:00 - 21:00 Presentations and information exchange mainly from overseas
Day 2: August 30, 2022 (Tuesday) 19:00-21:00 Presentations and information exchange mainly from Japan
Venue: zoom webinar; participation is welcome.
Participation fee: Free of charge
Eligibility: Anyone interested in healthy soil, food security, and regenerative agriculture
How to participate: Register by using the following form. The webinar link will be sent to you in a few days.
Capacity: 100 participants
We look forward to your participation and hearing your voice.
Do you know about La Nina and El Nino climate events? Right now it has been since 2020 that we have been in La Nina climate event. Multi-year La Nina is very rare and we need to prepare for it to exceptionally continue next year as well.
Without getting into the details on why this happens and how it is predicted (Pacific ocean surface is colder than usual) let me explain the details of this. In the big picture it is causing dryer summers and winters more prone to cold snaps. Also more droughts in the Northern atmosphere and bigger floods in the Southern atmosphere (usually in the beginning of the year between December to February) (remember the floods in Mozambique in the last few years).
From the reports of the people collaborating with us, from the Tokyo8 testers in Liberia there has been an unusual dry spell which affected the results of the cultivating experiment. Also in Lesotho, they were not able to start the experiment because of the abnormally long rainy season. There were also similar reports in Indonesia concerning the rain.
This situation is very likely to repeat next year.
So what can we expect for next year?
For Japan, similar as this year we will likely experience a short Tsuyu (rainy season) as well as weaker typhoons than in El Nino periods. But droughts will intensify in South-West Japan (peaking in August-October) and for North-East Japan too (June-August). Winter (especially in February-March) will be more prone to cold snaps that greatly affect the production of tree fruits such as apples and pears.
For Africa, we can expect floods similar to last year and the year before for the East coast this fall and next year as well. Those floods will be followed by unusual dry spells and severe droughts similar to what happened in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia this year.
This year and next year will be difficult for agriculture since food prices have been on the rise since 2020 and with the war in Ukraine and the shortages in chemical fertilizers it will only get worse. This is why we need to find alternatives to our way of cultivating.
In 2022, from the 30th of March to the 30th of May, we accepted interns at our company. Mostly from East Africa, They came from Eritrea, Malawi and Tanzania, doing Long-Term Internship within their scholarship offered by JICA (ABE Initiative).
They were able to participate in different activities at our company and were even able to use our biofertilizer, Tokyo8, by themselves and see the effect in the span of two month with regular visits to the fields.
They also participated in planting activities for green onions. They wished that there were more small planting systems like the one that they used in their own country. Aside from selling and producing Tokyo8, they are looking to provide those kinds of services once their business is settled. Provide the opportunity to the farmers to be supplied with better seeds/seedlings as well as machinery that will help them to be more efficient.
By harvesting onions, they were able to see how soft the soil was and how easy it was to pull them!
We have received news of them lately. Now they are back home, and they are preparing trials to test Tokyo8 locally. They are also making procedures to register their business and be able to spread Tokyo8 in their countries!
Here in the picture you can see one of the interns (from Malawi), surveying fields for trials with Tokyo8. In the future, we might see delicious vegetables from Malawi grown with our locally produced biofertilizer!
In Japan and in most African countries, the price of chemical fertilizers is on a sharp rise. Most of the farmers are having financial issues because of that. With Tokyo8, they could be able to reduce the quantity of chemical fertilizers and pesticides that they are using. We hope they can solve these issues with their new business opportunity!
Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well and that so far 2022 has been successful for you.
As you might know, we are still actively trying to expand Tokyo8 abroad, especially to Africa.
Since it has been a long time since the last time I got in touch with you, here are some updates on Tokyo8.
For their experiment, they went with the following approach: they wanted to test the difference with Tokyo8 and the conventional way of farming. But they also wanted to see the effects of Tokyo8 concerning insects. Here is the following plan they used:
On those plots they planted maize, cucumber, water green and okra, that are still growing but also palaver sauce of which I will present the results in this post.
As you can see from the following pictures from right to the left you have palaver sauce that was grown with NPK, NPK+Dextrin, Tokyo8, Tokyo8+NPK+Dextrin. Manure was applied to all the plots.
The two fields with the better yields were the one using Tokyo8 with the plot Tokyo8 and the plot Tokyo8+NPK+Dextrin being respectively 31.5%(85) and 58%(157) of the yield (number of stems), compared to 4.2%(11) and 6.3%(17) for the two plots not using Tokyo8. The plots that were using Tokyo8 also had stems that were higher.
Those results are very encouraging and we are looking forward to the other crops still in cultivation. We are really grateful for the work of Jonathan and his team. We are in the middle of preparing the next step to develop Tokyo8 with them.
A simple bottle, safe and easy to use, you just have to mix some of it with water and spray it. No smell or special protection need. No complicated machine or formulation.
Even though our product has been existing for several years, we only have started our operation to abrod recently, in the summer of 2021. This is not an easy task in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic but we believe firmly into supporting small scale farmers with our franchise system.
We have to face the reality, it is really hard for small scale farmers to be profitable. It hurts even more when you think that in Sub-Saharan Africa, it is one of the most common occupation (with around 60~80% of farmers according to the country). Most of them cannot afford pesticides, fertilizers and machinery.
Farmers using Tokyo8 were able to reduce drastically their use of fertilizers and pesticides, up to an 80% reduction for some! And the best part of it is that they were still able to have a higher yield as usual with better quality vegetables that were sold at a higher price.
But is Tokyo8 cheap?
The answer is yes. Our plan through our franchise system is to produce Tokyo8 locally. With only exporting Tokyo8, the price would be too high . But with local production, Tokyo8 would be at a price that anybody can afford.
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