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

Charcoal is an essential fuel for most parts of sub-Saharan Africa. AnandievanZyl/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA Eric Kumeh Mensah, University of Hohenheim 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.