Bamboo: cool fuel for Africa

Photo: INBAR

By Dr. Yannick Kuehl and Caity Peterson

With 70-90% of Africans relying on wood or wood-based charcoal to power their houses, and millions further relying on wood or wood based-charcoal for income and employment, developing a sustainable charcoal industry in Africa is a key consideration for the future.

Unfortunately, harvesting wood for charcoal is one of the leading causes of deforestation across Africa, which not only means the release of previously sequestered carbon into the atmosphere, but also means that wood and wood-based charcoal are becoming increasingly scarce and unaffordable for many.

However, a new program by INBAR is successfully developing bamboo as an alternative source for both wood and charcoal in Ethiopia and Ghana. Continue reading