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Did you know that 80% of Africans rely on biomass?

Biomass energy is especially relevant for Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) where over 80% of the population relies upon wood, crop and animal residues for meeting their household needs such as cooking.  Notwithstanding extensive plans for electrification and provision of fossil fuels, a huge amount of households in SSA will maintain relying on biomass resources for their energy needs for roughly a minimum period of 20 years.biomass

Conscious of this dependence, the World Bank in 2010 launched the Biomass Energy Initiative for Africa (BEIA). This, and eight other local initiatives, is funded under the Africa Renewable Energy Access Program (AFREA) supported by a US$28.75 million contribution from the Netherlands in 2008 under the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program’s (ESMAP) Clean Energy Investment Framework (CEIF) Multi-donor Trust Fund.

The Biomass Initiative focuses on five thematic areas:

  1. creating the enabling market conditions for high quality and high performance modern cooking stoves;
  2. modernizing the charcoal industry;
  3. demonstrating the feasibility of social biofuels;
  4. increasing power capacity with bioelectricity; and
  5. capacity building and strengthening leadership in biomass energy.

The development of biomass energy is closely linked with forestry, agriculture, indoor air pollution and health, environment and climate change, rural electrification, and gender development. And all these linkages have to be explicitly recognized and harmonized to have a unified sustainable approach.

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Highly Prosperous Industries Operating in Zambia
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