Category: SDG07-Energy

Joan Baxter

Joan Baxter is a communications specialist, journalist and award-winning author, with many years of experience in development and environmental research and writing in Africa and elsewhere.

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Solutions that grow on trees: agroforestry’s niche in the Sustainable Development Goals

The numbers are impressive — 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with no fewer than 169 targets, which will set the United Nations’ Agenda for Sustainable Development for the next fifteen years. The language is just as lofty...

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The potential of trees for energy

Further exploration of sustainable tree-based bioenergy could help improve the lives and livelihoods of communities around the world.   Most of the energy used in the world comes from fossil fuels, which are not sustainable as sources will...

Industrial wood fuel. Photo courtesy of Dr. Henry Neufeldt/ICRAF

‘De-risk’ the wood energy sector to unleash green growth

With population growth and urbanization, the demand for energy from trees is growing rapidly around the world. This demand presents a golden opportunity for wood energy be a force for energy security, sustainable development and greener economies. But...

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More than just cooking: linking energy and food security

There is no doubt that energy is embedded in food production, food distribution and food preparation. Yet practitioners in the two sectors tend to work separately without taking into consideration the interdependences of the two development challenges. What...

Burning charcoal in Mozambique. It takes 8-10 tonnes of wood to make a tonne of charcoal with this setup. Modern kilns are more efficient, at around 3.5 : 1 ratio of wood to charcoal. Photo: Valter Ziantoni/ICRAF - See more at: blog.worldagroforestry.org/index.php/2013/10/03/unpacking...

Brushing up charcoal’s image

You cannot handle charcoal without getting your hands dirty. Similarly, the charcoal value chain in sub-Saharan Africa, a multi-million dollar enterprise, has all the makings of a dirty business. In many countries, powerful cartels control the trade in...

Sacred wood in Cote d'Ivoire. Photo by Emilie Smith/ICRAF

Forests and society a major theme at the XIV World Forestry Congress

Forest give food and oxygen, stabilize land, improve water quality and availability, reduce the effects of climate change, and provide spaces for cultural activities, reflection and enjoyment. Convened by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and...