Energy for Sustainable Development Ltd. (ESD) led a consortium of partners from Uganda and Zimbabwe to demonstrate to key stakeholders at district and national levels the important contributions commercial woody biomass energy makes towards rural poverty alleviation and to the national economy. The objectives were to gain a full understanding of the dynamics of woody biomass production, supply, marketing and use in two districts in rural Zimbabwe and two in Uganda. This knowledge would then allow the local policy makers to plan effective strategies to improve the use of wood resources for energy to the benefit of the local population and the environment. Two districts were chosen in each country: Chimanimani and Nyaki in Zimbabwe, and Masindi and Mukono in Uganda, based upon criteria laid out by the project team and agreed by national stakeholders in both countries at the start of the project.
This technical report provides a summary of project objectives, activities and outputs, project methodology, description of pilot districts, biomass fuel production and marketing, biomass fuel consumption, discussion and analysis of findings, conclusions, recommendations and action plans, and proposed biomass supply and demand interventions.
Energy for Sustainable Development Ltd., 56 pp.