Replacing forest wood with bamboo: the where and why

January 4, 2012 |

In Ghana, a partnership between African countries and communities, the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) and China, funded by the European Union (EU) and the Common Fund for Commodities (CFC), is working to replace forest wood with bamboo charcoal and firewood. Currently, 80 percent of the rural population in sub-Saharan Africa depend on wood their fuel needs, creating environmental and health hazards.

Initial successes with bamboo charcoal in Ghana and Ethiopia are increasing interest in African countries and calling for greater investment in bamboo-based charcoal production as a ‘green biofuel’ that could fight deforestation and mitigate climate change.

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