Firewood and charcoal are the main sources of
energy for households in Tanzania. The Sustainable
Charcoal project aims at promoting a sustainable
charcoal production system to reduce pressure
from natural forests. Additionally the chorcoal
production can become a source of constant
We established three tree nurseries with new improved technology of the Half Orange
Brick Kiln (HOBK) on about 500 hectares of land. The traditional earth kilns have a rate of
recovery of 10-12 per cent. The HOBK is more efficient with a recovery of 25–35 per cent.
The wood is supplied by tree nurseries of about 70,000 seedlings, mainly ACACIA species.
The charcoal group consists of 20 people working three days per week and producing an
average of 4,000 kg of charcoal per month. The
problems that we are currently facing are the distance
to the nearest water borehole which is needed for the
carbonization process. In addition, fires and cattle
grazing complecate the maintenance of the tree
This project became possible due to the partnership with several organizations, such as
Rural Livelihood Development Company, Energy for Sustainable Development in Africa,
Morogoro Environmental Conservation Group and Wildlife Management Area of Wami Mbiki.