Kenya overtakes Somalia as main exporter of charcoal in the region

Illegal charcoal

Illegal charcoal impounded by Kenya Forest Service officers at Nyakweri forest in Trans Mara on December 9, 2017.  

Photo credit: File I Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • The government imposed a ban on production in 2018 to conserve country’s forests.
  • With the ban, however, charcoal producers were left without a legal means of operating. 

Kenya has overtaken Somalia as a source and destination of charcoal in the East Africa region despite a ban in its production in 2018, a new report shows.

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