Effect of expanding sugar-cane farming on community woodfuel in Masindi

Effect of expanding sugar-cane farming on community woodfuel in Masindi
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Wim Klunne, Charles Mugisha
In most developing countries, dependence on biomass fuel as a source of energy is very high, especially in rural areas; Uganda is no exception. Over 87% of the population in Uganda live in rural areas (1) and are reliant for nearly all their energy needs on biomass (2). The availability of biomass fuel depends largely on how land is being utilized. Land use changes are therefore a crucial factor in determining the availability of fuel-wood at household level. Commercial agriculture expansion has a large impact on the locations from which local people collect their woodfuel.
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Développement des fermes commerciales et impact sur les zones de collecte de bois de feu. Etude de cas du développement de la canne & sucre dans le district de Masindi, Ouganda
Abstract in French
Cet article montre que les populations proches des zones de production de canne à sucre sont contraintes d'abandonner leurs zones traditionnelles de collecte de bois de feu et rechercher de nouveaux endroits. Afin d'atténuer ces problèmes, l'auteur recommande des plantations à forte croissance destinées à la production de bois de feu et servant de zones tampon entre villages et forêts. L'auteur suggère la mise en place de petites aires plantées en eucalyptus dans les régions impropres à la culture de la canne à sucre.

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Sugar    Cane    Bioethanol    woodfuels    deforestation   

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