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The soil created by adding charcoal and kitchen waste, at left, is visually superior to the usual red African earth on the right.

Centuries-old African soil technique could combat climate change

Adding kitchen waste and charcoal to nutrient-poor rainforest soils makes them capable of supporting intensive farming

A farming technique practised for centuries in West Africa, which transforms nutrient-poor rainforest soil into fertile farmland, could combat climate change and revolutionize farming across the continent, researchers say. Adding kitchen waste and charcoal to tropical soil can turn it into fertile, black soil which traps carbon and reduces emissions of greenhouse gases into the