Wood Energy Catalogue

Wood-Based Biomass Energy Development for Sub-Saharan Africa: Issues and Approaches


This background paper reviewed the ways the biomass energy resource is developed and how supply and demand issues can be managed, particularly with respect to household energy use. It also set out a framework outlining how the World Bank can assist Sub Saharan countries with resolving issues related to wood fuel biomass energy in the region. An annex of the report listed the World Bank biomass related projects in Africa during 2000–2010.

Biomass energy, wood energy, wood fuel, charcoal production, charcoal value chain, improved cookstoves, alternative fuels, GHG emissions, indoor air pollution, gender equity, forest management, policy design, investments
Type of initiatives
Sector review and study
Level of intervention
Responsible agencies
World Bank; ESMAP; Africa Renewable Energy Access Program - AFREA