Transforming olive pits into biocoal
Focus Area
Land & Agriculture
Local Partners
Geographic Scope
South Lebanon
500 farmers

Olive trees are the main source of income for the people of Tanbourit. They produce and sell olives, olive oil (there are 4 presses in the village) and olive soap from their olive trees. Disposal of olive pits after producing olive oil has become a major environmental problem with damaging consequences for the local economy and agriculture.

SEAL funded the purchase of specialized equipment that allows olive farmers to recycle the olive pits by compressing them into biocoal. By recycling the pits, groundwater and soil are protected from contamination by a liquid that seeps into the soil from the pits when left to decompose. The biocoal is then used for heating, instead of cutting wood and contributing to deforestation.

The local economy is strengthened by producing and selling the biocoal that provides more efficient heating than wood and costs $500 less per ton.

500 olive farmers and their families are direct beneficiaries of this project, and the 14,000 residents of the Tanbourit area (which includes surrounding villages of Maghdouche, Zghodraya, Mjeidel and Darb el Sim) are indirect beneficiaries who have access to an alternative, affordable, efficient heat source.

This project was sponspord by The Abraham Foundation.


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