Five myths about wood fuel in Africa

Debunking myths about wood fuel in Sub-Saharan Africa


Most of sub-Saharan Africa remains off the grid. As such, wood fuel is the main source of energy for cooking for over 60 percent of families who rely on charcoal or firewood to prepare their meals and meet their nutritional needs.

However, prevailing unsustainable practices make wood fuel a major driver of forest degradation across the continent calling for innovative solutions to mitigate environmental impacts.

In this infographic, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) debunks the most common misconceptions about wood fuel production, trade, and consumption in Sub-Saharan Africa.

  1. Wood fuel can’t be produced sustainably
  2. Wood fuel contributes little to national economies
  3. This is a male-dominated sector
  4. Wood fuel will be soon replaced soon by other energy sources
  5. This is only a domestic issue


Publisher: Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

Language: English

Year: 2020

Ecosystem(s): Agricultural Land

Location(s): Sub-Saharan Africa

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