Estimates indicate that a whopping 90% of Malawian households rely on firewood and charcoal as energy sources for cooking and heating. This puts enormous pressure on the country’s forests, to the extent that deforestation greatly outpaces reforestation and afforestation. Accordingly, Malawi’s deforestation rate is one of the highest in the […]

Water Hyacinth Briquettes: An alternative energy to firewood and charcoal

Jacob Kadaluka is a recent graduate of the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR), and an entrepreneur from who has been tackling deforestation with briquettes made from agricultural waste. He started making them almost a year ago, in April 2016, and although adoption has been slow, his charcoal […]

Saving trees with charcoal briquettes