Under fire: Five facts about wood fuel in sub-Saharan Africa

Sector is mostly informal, despite its socioeconomic importance
Despite the environmental cost of using firewood and charcoal for meal preparation and to meet other energy needs, more than 60 percent of families in sub-Saharan Africa have no alternative to wood, making it a significant contributor to forest degradation throughout the region.

The heat is on: Managing wood fuel sustainably in sub-Saharan Africa

How to make wood fuel an affordable source of clean energy to meet food, nutrition, and livelihood demands
Wood fuel is a major component of Africa’s future and will remain a significant source of renewable energy in the region by 2040, according to the International Energy Agency’s regional energy outlook. How the region will cope with the demands of its fast-growing population, without compromising its forests, is a huge challenge.

How can clean stoves contribute to food security in Sub-Saharan Africa?

Millions of people across Sub-Saharan Africa are hungry for sustainable and affordable solutions to meet their daily energy needs. About six out of every ten people on the continent rely on wood fuel (firewood or charcoal) to cook their meals – sometimes causing the destruction of forests and woodlands while exposing people to hazardous smoke that can contribute to premature deaths.

Domestic policies alone can’t tackle wood fuel challenges

A call for a regional approach towards sustainability
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.