This paper uses data from two rapid surveys and results from discussion papers by Dlamini et al. 2016a and Dlamini et al. 2016b. It reveals: load shedding resulted in increased demand and production for charcoal; steady rise in charcoal producer prices from 2013 to 2015; soaring charcoal wholesale and retail prices; and direct correlation between the quantities of charcoal produced and cutover area. It concludes that: current dynamics of charcoal value chain and high demand for charcoal indicate that economic sustainability of charcoal production and trade is guaranteed; high demand and supply of charcoal with rising profit margins among traders selling bigger packages. It recommends: diversification of energy mix; understanding of dynamics of forest management in the context of sustainable charcoal production and use; enhancement of physical, human, and financial capabilities to help implement Forest Act No. 4 of 2015; and public forest administrators collaboration with customary natural resource management institutions.
Topic: charcoal, forest products
Series: Policy Brief no. 85
Publisher: Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI), Lusaka, Zambia
Publication Year: 2016