The Lékié division in the Centre region of Cameroon is benefiting from a reforestation campaign of 100,000 fruit trees. The initiative, launched on April 24th, 2021 by the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), aims to reduce environmental damage in the wood energy value chain.
The uncontrolled production of wood for energy is a significant factor in deforestation in sub-Saharan Africa. According to the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), more than 60% of households in this region use wood as their main source of energy for cooking. This trend is expected to increase over the next few decades, according to the same source, due to the lack of alternative energy sources and the growing demand for charcoal in urban centres.