Sustainable woodfuel

Woodfuel is the main source of energy for cooking for over 60% of households in Sub-Saharan Africa, contributing to the food security and nutritional needs of millions of people. Due to the lack of alternative energy sources and growing charcoal demand from urban centers, woodfuel production is expected to increase in the coming decades. The sector provides income to millions of people, including small-scale producers and collectors, traders, transporters and sellers, who rely on woodfuel revenues for their livelihoods. Despite its socioeconomic importance, woodfuel production and trade is still a mostly informal sector. It is not organized, it has weak or inadequate legal frameworks, and it contributes little to government revenues. The lack of woodfuel governance, in combination with increasing demand, results in unsustainable wood harvesting that causes forest degradation and greenhouse gas emissions. In contrast, sustainable woodfuel value chains can positively contribute to livelihoods, by household income from trade and a secure supply of cooking fuel, while mitigating negative environmental impacts.

There is a need for an integrated approach to woodfuel value chain dynamics that consider multiple functions of forest-agricultural landscapes and outcomes for livelihoods and forest governance. CIFOR aims to contribute to knowledge, options and networks for more sustainable woodfuel value chains across Sub-Saharan Africa, with a particular focus on Cameroon and the Congo Basin region, Zambia, and Kenya, with extensions into neighboring countries regarding cross-border trade.


Circular economy is the future of wood fuel production in Cameroon

Securing the future of mangroves through sustainable wood fuel management

Under fire: Five facts about wood fuel in sub-Saharan Africa

Unlocking the power of entrepreneurship to promote local …

The heat is on: Managing wood fuel sustainably in sub-Saharan Africa

Event: Sustainable wood-fuel value chains for food security in Sub …

How can clean stoves contribute to food security in Sub-Saharan Africa?

Transforming Kenya’s invasive ‘mathenge’ bushes into charcoal farms

How tree growing can mitigate the environmental impact of displacement

Domestic policies alone can’t tackle wood fuel challenges

Drought fuels charcoal boom in Zambia

Forestry delegates call for a regional approach to charcoal governance

Gestion des déchets : les entreprises de Douala sensibilisées

CIFOR to host regional workshop on woodfuel policies

Women’s place in Africa’s growing charcoal sector

Realizing the potential of sustainable wood fuel value chains

It takes a village to restore Africa’s degraded land

GML to participate at Global Landscapes Forum in Accra

Awareness-raising materials

Flyer – carbonization training (DRC)

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Calendar 2020 – Plantations (DRC)

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Calendar 2020 – Improved cookstoves (Cameroon)

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Calendar 2020 – Improved cookstoves’ health benefits (Cameroon)

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Calendar 2020 – Sustainable charcoal (Cameroon)

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Poster – Tree nursery (DRC)

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Poster – Charcoal production from sawmill waste (DRC)

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Postcard – Regional challenges

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Project map

Interventions with refugee communities in Cameroon’s East Region

Intervention site in Manoka Island, Cameroon

Developing options for more sustainable woodfuel value chains in Sub-Saharan Africa

Knowledge, options and engagement for more sustainable woodfuel value chains

Training of Trainers (ToT) on Sustainable Prosopis Juliflora Woodfuel Production and Utilization in Baringo County, Kenya

The burning questions about Africa’s wood fuel

Regional overview of cross border