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From transition fuel to viable energy source: improving sustainability in the sub-Saharan charcoal sector


This paper discusses the main obstacles to a sustainable charcoal value chain in sub-Saharan Africa and identifies key areas where interventions are required to improve sustainability while ensuring charcoal continues to provide livelihood benefits. It provides evidence of how a sustainable, transparent and properly regulated and governed charcoal sector could be part of the solution to energy access and economic challenges faced by many developing countries.

Wood energy, wood fuel, bioenergy, sustainable charcoal, governance, sub-Saharan Africa, forest degradation, governance, policy, interventions, agroforestry
Type of initiatives
Sector review and study
Level of intervention
Responsible agencies
World Agroforestry Centre - ICRAF