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Efficiency of charcoal production in Sub-Saharan Africa: Solutions beyond the kiln


This paper focuses on improving the efficiency of carbonisation as one contribution to more sustainable charcoal value chains. While the efficiency of wood-to-charcoal conversion is often considered a technical matter of kiln performance, this study aims to shed light on the role of the enabling institutional context and the capacities of the players involved.

charcoal, fuelwood, kiln, forest, landscape, informal, carbonisation, mass yield, Sub-Saharan Africa
Type of initiatives
Sector review and study
Level of intervention
Responsible agencies
Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR); Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD)