Wood or charcoal - which is better?
J.D. Keita is Regional Forestry Officer at the FAO Regional Office for Africa, Accra, Ghana.
FAO (Unasylva 157-158)
In the Sudano-Sahelian countries of Africa, the supplying of domestic energy demands is the major forestry problem.
In this article, the author presents a step-by-step comparison of the energy balance for fuelwood and for charcoal used as a domestic fuel. He reviews the forest policy implications of his findings and tells how meeting energy needs can contribute to improved forest management and production in the region.