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Aspects of resource conservation and utilisation: the role of charcoal industry in the Kenya economy

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dc.creator Kabagambe, Dennis M.
dc.date 2011-09-27T14:49:11Z
dc.date 2011-09-27T14:49:11Z
dc.date 1976-06
dc.date 2013-01-04T16:42:59Z
dc.date 2013-01-04T16:42:59Z
dc.date 04-01-13
dc.date.accessioned 2018-06-25T12:55:36Z
dc.date.available 2018-06-25T12:55:36Z
dc.identifier Kabagambe, Dennis M. (1976) Aspects of resource conservation and utilisation: the role of charcoal industry in the Kenya economy. Working paper no. 271, Nairobi: Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi
dc.identifier http://opendocs.ids.ac.uk/opendocs/handle/123456789/1152
dc.identifier 316478
dc.identifier http://hdl.handle.net/11295/7588
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11295/7588
dc.description Multi-disciplinary concern has been aroused by the increase of small-scale activities commonly labelled as the 'informal' sector among which the charcoal industry can be classified. This paper aims at establishing the main role of charcoal in the Kenyan economy with comparative analysis of alternative fuels taking price as the arbiter. Charcoal is the dominant fuel used by the low and medium income household in urban and some rural areas. Its use extends to industrial, educations, commercial and provision of services as a source of energy. Until recently, it was a foreign exchange earner but continues to provide employment opportunities both at formal and informal levels. The paper also discusses charcoal as a product of limited scarce forest and scrubland resources in Kenya to highlight possible future supply constraints of raw-materials and environmental imbalance. Finally focus is made on some factors controlling charcoal price and trade channels as basis for further research and policy recommendations.
dc.language en
dc.publisher Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi
dc.relation Working Papers;271
dc.rights http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/
dc.rights Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi
dc.subject Industrial Development
dc.subject Environment
dc.subject Development Policy
dc.title Aspects of resource conservation and utilisation: the role of charcoal industry in the Kenya economy
dc.type Series paper (non-IDS)


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