The work of Serious Shea, Golden Organics, and our partners, forms the Burkina Shea Project.
1. Decarbonising the Value Chain – Switching to Renewables
Three quarters of the Shea Butter lifecycle Green House Gas (GHG) emissions arise from post-harvest processing through the burning of wood as the main energy source. Wood is mainly used to heat water. Our 100% renewables approach halts the need for firewood, and replaces fuel with clean renewable energy, including Solar PV and Biogas from biodigesters, The biodigesters use the waste from de-husking the shea fruits and other organic matter.
2. Preserving Biodiversity – Save the Shea Tree!
Creating awareness on the role of the Shea tree in the overall ecosystem is a key objective of the Burkina Shea Project. Shea is an endangered species protected by the United Nations Convention on the Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) and the National Forest Code. Shea trees continue to be exploited however for firewood, and for the production of charcoal, and the habitat is also under pressure from the encroachment of the fast growing human population. We work with communities to increase awareness, through socially inclusive agroforestry practices.
3. Major Reforestation
Burkina Faso has seen a decrease of 17.5% of total forest over a 20 year period. This cannot continue. The Shea tree has both a significant socio-economic importance and an essential ecological and environmental role.
The Burkina Shea Project is helping to secure the future of the Savannah region’s Shea parklands. Each Eco-Processing Centre’s plant nursery will grow and plant new shea saplings, enhancing forest carbon stocks and aiding in soil conservation.
Our production company, Serious Shea, is dedicated to the protection and future of Africa’s shea parklands whilst supporting local agriculture and developing new agroforestry practices which protect and develop the shea tree stock for future generations.
4.Producing Certified GHG reductions – Qualifying for Carbon Credits
We have developed a 4-step solution to transition the primary processing of shea butter away from reliance on on-renewable biomass and create certified emission reductions:
- Large scale afforestation and reforestation
- GHG emission baseline savings by stopping burning wood
- Using shea nut cake as an additional biomass input
- Solar PV
5. Stimulating Rural Electrification & Economic Development
Electrifying each Eco-Processing Center using off-grid solar power, enables not only the continuous clean processing of shea, but also makes excess power available to be distributed to the local community. Renewable power is provided for street lighting, irrigation pumps, refrigeration and for creating jobs.