The Project’s overall objective was to introduce bamboo as a sustainable and economical biomass energy option and to promote its use as a suitable alternative for wood–based firewood and charcoal and to promote bamboo charcoal and activated carbon for water treatment and purification in Ghana, as a pilot and example for the West and Central African region.
The project has been operationally completed and was able to transfer knowledge, skill and technology necessary for bamboo management and bamboo charcoal production. With the capacity developed and technology transferred to Ghana, there is high possibility that the project activities will be sustained. Government as well as farmers have expressed their strong desire to ensure the sustainability of the project activities. There are also attempts to scale up the project activities.
The introduction and distribution of the bamboo energy efficient stoves to households in the project sites has already impacted positively in the lives of the beneficiaries as they can now save firewood and charcoal with improved stoves. The bamboo harvesting skill training to beneficiaries is helping users to manage existing natural bamboo stands better. At the project level, the bamboo charcoal workers from the small/medium scale enterprises are building relationships with additional stakeholders at the village level such as the unemployed youth, farmers and chainsaw operators to build their capacity in e.g. organizing themselves to produce bamboo charcoal as a source of income generating ventures.
The final project report is available, as well as other reports and technical manuals that have been elaborated in the framework of the project (click here).