How Does Charcoal Consumption Affect The Growth Of The Rural Poor, Unless Action?

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According to the information thrown from the course reveals that over the past 30 years, assessments of the woodfuel situation in developing countries, have changed substantially. In the mid-1970s, recognition that huge and growing numbers of people depended on fuelwood as their principal domestic fuel led to predictions of potentially devastating depletion of forest resources, with serious negative livelihood consequences for the rural poor, unless action was taken to address this ‘‘fuelwood crisis” (Arnold,J.E, and Gunnar Hlin 2006). Charcoal consumption is often growing faster than fuelwood consumption. Though still less relative to fuelwood in most of Asia, charcoal use is becoming a much larger part of the woodfuels total in Africa and South America. In Africa, the aggregate of consumption of fuelwood and wood for charcoal is growing at a rate close to that of population growth. The overall quantities involved, and the numbers still relying on woodfuels continue to be very large. The International Energy Agency recently estimated that, although shifts to other sources of energy could be expected to substantially reduce the share of these fuels by 2030, biomass energy will still account for an mated three quarters of total residential energy in Africa in that year, and that the number of people using fuelwood and other biomass fuel in that region will rise by more than 40% during 2000–30 to about 700 million. In Asia, even though consumption is declining, there will

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