Can charcoal production be sustainable?

by Sophie Mbugua

Did you know that a third of Africa’s forests have already been lost, mainly to charcoal production? Yes, that is according to the world forest organization.

In Kenya, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) notes that more than 70 per cent of the domestic energy demand for cooking and heating has been met by charcoal over decades. For a ton of charcoal produced, about ten tones of wood are used.

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But, can charcoal production be sustainable? Listen to Mary Njenga, a Bioenergy Research Scientist at World Agroforestry (ICRAF) on todays episode.

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