The Harvest Fuel Initiative helps grow small businesses in the developing world that promote better fuels and technologies for people who depend on wood and charcoal for their daily cooking and heating needs.
This brief argues that charcoal is pro-poor, can be pro-development and a potential driver of economic growth. Instead of being ashamed of the country’s association with charcoal, Tanzania can empower its citizens to develop and modernize the sector so that charcoal becomes a valuable, renewable, sustainable energy source.
Dar es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania, consumes the equivalent of 16 Olympic-size swimming pools of charcoal every day. What's happening in Dar es Salaam is happening in many other cities of sub-Saharan Africa.
Photo credits: Klas Sanders, Sylvia Herzog, Kim Chaix
The mission of the Harvest Fuel Initiative is to facilitate the market-based approach to the large-scale and widespread use of efficient technologies and sustainable solid biomass fuel alternatives that can help alleviate poverty, improve health, and protect the environment.
The Harvest Fuel Initiative is a collaboration between The Charcoal Project and the D-Lab Scale-Ups program at MIT. The Harvest Fuel Initiative is supported in part by a grant from D-Lab Scale-Ups.