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Africa: Why Efforts to Clean Up Charcoal Production in Sub-Saharan Africa Aren’t Working

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[The Conversation Africa] Charcoal is an essential source of domestic fuel in many sub-Saharan African countries. Overall, the region produces 65% of the world’s charcoal, with Nigeria, Ethiopia and Ghana being the top three producers. The charcoal sector employs about 40 million people in the region. Smallholders are responsible for most charcoal production, and it’s an important safety net for most producers.

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