Wood Energy Catalogue

Malawi National Charcoal Strategy (2017–2027)

Countries of implementation

The goal of the National Charcoal Strategy is to provide a framework for the Government of Malawi to address the linked problems of increased deforestation and growing demand for cooking and heating fuel, with defined and prioritized near-term, medium-term and long-term actions.

The strategy is supported by the following seven strategic pillars:

  1. Promote adoption of alternative cooking and heating fuels;
  2. Stimulate wide-scale adoption of fuel-efficient charcoal and firewood cookstoves;
  3. Significantly increase sustainable wood production, specifically for biomass energy production;
  4. Effectively enforce laws and regulations to limit, and eventually stop illegal charcoal production;
  5. Promote and regulate legal (licensed) charcoal production, transport and sale;
  6. Enhance the livelihoods of Malawians in ways that can be sustained over time; and,
  7. Ensure that the information, awareness and communications required to change behavior and increase adoption are available.
Malawi, charcoal, national strategy, deforestation, woodfuel, firewood, sustainable production, alternative energy, cookstoves, cooking fuel, laws and regulations, legal license, behavior change
Type of initiatives
Strategy or Action Plan
Level of intervention
Responsible agencies
Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining