This brief describes the first efforts to integrate agroforestry with charcoal production in the Yangambi tropical forest landscape.
Activities resulted in both increased food crop production and reforestation, as well as the establishment of producer-led local associations and greater collaboration between communities and local authorities.
Demonstrating the benefits of agroforestry systems as a source of woodfuel, along with capacity-strengthening activities, are critical to the successful adoption of activities by communities, as is ensuring that all activities are participatory and inclusive in nature.
Local land tenure and rights must be well understood, as well as how gender dynamics and cultural norms may impact uptake.
Finally, understanding local governance systems and social norms is fundamental to ensuring sustainable results.