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Charcoal: the reality - A study of charcoal consumption, trade and production in Malawi

Countries of implementation

This document is a technical report prepared under the project Community Partnerships for Sustainable Resource Management in Malawi found by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).  

The purpose of this document is to report on results of a comprehensive study of charcoal in Malawi, consisting of three components:

1)      a statistically robust household consumption survey to quantify the volume and values of use in main urban centres, stratified by socioeconomic status and population density within these centres;

2)      a detailed description of the charcoal value chain, including retail and wholesale vendors, traders and transporters, financiers and producers, and the value addition accruing to each link (including value accruing to rent seekers involved in the trade); and

3)      a detailed description of the current locations, species, methods, and volumes of production.

Charcoal value chain, survey, data collection, supply chain, cost structure, charcoal production and consumption, urban household energy, market demand, cooking fuel, Malawi
Type of initiatives
Sector review and study
Level of intervention
Responsible agencies
International Institute for Environment and Development – IIED; Department of Forestry of the Ministry of Mines and Energy (Malawi)