Wood Energy Catalogue

Charcoal value chains in Kenya: a 20-year synthesis

Countries of implementation

A literature review to investigate, document and map charcoal value chains from production to consumption in order to assess overall economic significance of charcoal and identify opportunities and priority interventions for developing sustainable charcoal value chains. 

The review shows that, charcoal value chains remain an important energy, livelihood and income source for many in Kenya but is increasingly associated with negative environment and health outcomes. However, in the short- to medium-term there is need to increase investments in the sub-sector and develop sustainable and competitive woodfuel value chains.

Wood fuel value chain; Charcoal; Biomass energy; Gender; Kenya; Greenhouse gases
Type of initiatives
Sector review and study
Level of intervention
Responsible agencies
World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF)