The highway connecting Cameroon and Nigeria has brought economic benefits and forest degradation. Arend de Haas/ACF

A Road Gobbles Up A Forest In Cameroon, But Big Data Helps Build A New Generation Of ‘Forest Guardians’

The road connecting Cameroon and Nigeria and extending the Lagos-Mombasa Trans-African Highway has brought social and economic benefits to the local population. But it has also eaten up a forest along the way.


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Charcoal for sale, some in food aid bags, during the 2011 drought in Kenya. The fuel provides income for farmers when their crops fail. (Photo/ Flore de Preneuf/ World Bank)

Charcoal And The City: Household Energy Use In Urban Africa

Charcoal demand remains high even in wealthier households in urban Africa. People are happy to continue cooking using charcoal – even when they can afford not to – and spend the extra money in eating meat for example