Exploring Bamboo Biomass for Energy and Entrepreneurship
With a 7% forest cover, Kenya falls short of the UN-recommended 10% and if any natural forests are to remain, the country will need access to sustainable sources of firewood, charcoal, and other forest products. The demand for wood as biomass for fuel wood and charcoal making is a threat to the use of resources in Kenya and is expected to remain unchanged for many decades to come. This demand is influenced by low household incomes, urbanization, and the growth of informal sector activities. Bamboo can serve as a viable alternative biomass for firewood and charcoal at the household level in Kenya and Africa as a whole.
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