A UK-based NGO is working with local communities in Malawi to reduced deforestation. Together they created a stove that has resulted in a 67 percent reduction in firewood for cooking needs. Positive side effects are less smoke and fewer burns.
From making eco-friendly coal out of banana skins to using poop to fuel cooking stoves, eco@africa has featured a host of greener alternatives to charcoal. We've picked our top five innovations.
Many Ugandans have no access to electricity and rely on wood for cooking, which has led to rapid deforestation. Two enterprising schools have found sustainable solutions that they hope will inspire others.
On this week's eco@africa, we meet an entrepreneur turning cooking oil into soap, find out about a contentious green energy project in Uganda and a firm making life easier for African farmers with a solar-powered fridge.
Charcoal from tropical forests has a terrible effect on the environment, but it also puts food on peoples' tables. Nigeria is one of the world's largest exporters — and some of it even ends up on German barbecue grills.
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