The Bokashi Myanmar story began in March 2018. Read our story here!
In March 2019 we started Bokashi Myanmar Company Limited, a local Myanmar company with headquarters in Yangon. Our three co-founders are Jenny Harlen, Inda (Aung Soe) and Aye Aye Than. Our two other core team members and bokashi experts are Stefania Cao from Belgium and Claire Mummery from New Zealand. Our Bokashi Myanmar team is growing stronger by the month; we are a micro startup with a big vision.
Our vision is to start a #soilrevolution here in Myanmar!
Something we believe is important not only here but all over the world. We work with colleagues in many parts of the world to share our knowledge and spread the message that so badly needs to be heard: organic waste is not trash!
We are sharing our projects, our ideas, our successes and our failures as they happen on facebook and instagram. Join us and be part of the change!
Our team is working on three fronts:
- We are running Myanmar’s first compost farm in North Dagon. Our goal is during the first half of 2019 to compost up to one ton of food waste and other organic waste daily using our innovative, totally natural, and carbon-smart conversion process. The food waste is generated by local wet markets, food stalls, and from schools, hotels and restaurants in Yangon. Our objective is to develop a model that can be replicated in other locations that will shift our perceived definition of food waste as trash to food waste as a resource.
- We are working with a number of community projects to help them recycle their food and garden waste using the bokashi process. The objective of these projects is to establish community-based waste management, divert organic material from landfill, reduce the environmental impact of dry leaf burning, and create a sustainable process of soil rehabilitation. In some cases the ongoing creation of fertile new soil will create opportunities for community farms and social enterprises based on compost, fertiliser, seedling and crop production.
- We are training gardeners, educating school groups, teaching community groups and households how to do bokashi composting based on the food and garden waste resources they have at hand. Our message includes the importance of regenerating the soil-food-soil loop in our daily lives, the necessity to rebuild organic soil carbon globally for future food security, and the importance of preserving the energy, nutients and carbon in our organic resource. We also hope to share the joy of growing food, show how easily it can be done using good soil, motivate people to start conversations about nutrition levels in our own soil and food — and ultimately kickstart a #soilrevolution.