Agroforestry can meet charcoal demand in Kenya

Kenya could meet its demand for charcoal legally and sustainably, through agroforestry, says Miyuki Iiyama of the World Agroforestry Centre.

News 24 Kenya reports that an estimated 6,850 metric tonnes of charcoal are consumed daily in Kenya, yet charcoal burning is illegal in the country.

With the demand for charcoal expected to increase as a result of high prices for alternative fuels such as kerosene and LPG, Iiyama believes the government should encourage farmers to plant more trees to make charcoal production sustainable.

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