31 May '12, 11pm

Sustainable Farming for Clean Cooking Fuel: The Quest to Kill Charcoal in Africa

Sustainable Farming for Clean Cooking Fuel: The Quest to Kill Charcoal in Africa

In Africa, charcoal is a formidable two-pronged scourge . Eighty percent of the continent's population uses the stuff to cook every day, and breathing in those emissions day in day out leaves millions with asthma, with respiratory sickness, or dead. Meanwhile, Africa is growing fast, and its booming population demands more and more fuel for cooking—so more and more forest gets hacked down to provide it. Charcoal for cooking is the big reason deforestation in Africa is speeding along at a rate twice the worldwide average. It's also around a $10 billion market. So that's the stage. Enter CleanStar Mozambique with a bona fide, potentially profit-making, Big Idea: Get Africa on track to ditch charcoal by replacing it with clean-burning biofuels refined from cassava, an indigenous, locally harvested crop. Now, I've reported on plenty of good-intentioned, Big Ideas aimed at impr...

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