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13 October 2020

Sustainable business models for charcoal in Africa

A webinar highlighting challenges and opportunities for sustainable business models in the African charcoal sector

Photo: Tikkho Maciel / Unsplash

Driven by population increase and urbanization, charcoal use is on the increase in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is an affordable energy source that generate rural jobs and incomes – however charcoal use is also associated with health-related and environmental problems. This webinar discusses opportunities for creating more sustainable charcoal value chains in Africa. What is required to promote charcoal value chains that provide affordable energy and rural income, without degrading the forest resources?

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), in partnership with, the African Forest Forum (AFF), is implementing a research project “Sustainable Business Models for Tree based Value Chains in Sub Saharan Africa”. The goal of the project is to generate knowledge on the charcoal value chain, more specifically on its processes, actors, and their interactions. The research is conducted in Kenya and Niger in a participatory manner that involves various stakeholders. It is aimed at analysing resources, competences and business models among supply chain members in fostering sustainable and livelihood improving outcomes. At the webinar, results from this project are presented, together with findings from leading researchers in the field.


  • Professor G Kowero (AFF)
  • Professor B. Lundgren (AFF/SLU)
  • Dr. Doris Mutta (AFF),
  • Dr. Chemuku Wekesa (KEFRI)
  • Professor Larwanou Mahamane (ICRISAT),
  • Dr. P Sola (ICRAF)
  • Dr. R. Bailis (SEI)
  • Dr. M. Avana-Tientcheu (AFF)
  • Dr. Cecilia Sundberg (KTH/SLU)
  • Professor Anders Roos (SLU)
  • Researchers in the project

Researchers in the project

Find out more about the event and the research project here


From 13 October 2020 at 14:00 to 13 October 2020 at 16:30



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