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Bamboo household energy for Africa

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Supporting sustainable livelihoods and food security through renewable biomass. Ideas Marketplace presentation from INBAR - The International Network for Bamboo and Rattan. Presented at Agriculture, Landscapes and Livelihoods Day 5 in Doha Qatar, 3 December 2012. http://www.agricultureday.org

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Bamboo household energy for Africa

  1. 1. The InternationalNetwork forBamboo andRattanBamboo household energy for Africa – supporting sustainable livelihoodsand food security through renewable biomass The Problem: Shortage of household energy → Health (respiratory diseases from dirty biomass fuels) → Deforestation (biomass driven dramatic decline in forest cover) → Increasing land pressure for energy and food biomass The Solution: Bamboo charcoal production → Fast growing, indigenous to Africa and highly renewable resource → Burns with little residues → Creates income for rural communities → Supports food security The Method: South-South technology transfer from Asia to Africa (Ghana and Ethiopia) → More than 10,000 households adopted bamboo as energy source → 20% reduction of use of wood charcoal in project areas → Over 10,000 ha of wild bamboo converted into managed stands → Next: Up-and out-scaling in AfricaFunded by: www.inbar.int

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