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A Review of the Rural Firewood Market Strategy in West Africa

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Contributors: Gerald Foley, Paul Kerkhof, Djibrilla Madougou

The rural firewood markets are a major step forward in Sahelian natural resource management. After decades of failed, or highly disappointing, forestry projects and programs, the rural market concept has opened a new way forward and created possibilities for a wide variety of initiatives. In empowering local people, putting responsibility for local resource management with those who stand to gain, or lose, most from it, the markets are also making a significant contribution to the overall processes of decentralization and democratization taking place in the Sahelian countries. There are, nevertheless, important questions and issues which still need to be addressed. These are matters of major concern to policy-makers, governments seeking to balance the many internal and external pressures upon them, and the major donor agencies who, alone, can provide the funding for large scale development initiatives in the poorest countries.

Author(s): Gerald Foley , Paul Kerkhof , Djibrilla Madougou

Publication Date: 2002

Location: West Africa

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