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Operations and improvement needs in the informal charcoal sector – A participatory value stream analysis

Roos, Anders and Mutta, Doris and Larwanou, M. and Wekesa, C. and Kowero, G. (2021). Operations and improvement needs in the informal charcoal sector – A participatory value stream analysis. International Forestry Review. 23 , 351-364
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Abstract

Developing profitable and sustainable charcoal supply chains in Sub-Saharan Africa requires good knowledge about their properties, input needs and impacts. Charcoal supply chains in Taita Taveta and Kwale counties, Kenya, were analysed to identify operational and sustainability improvement opportunities. Using operations man agement, lean engineering and participatory research, charcoal value streams' processes, resources, and outcomes were analysed. Charcoal production and trade have low entry barriers, slow-paced innovation, and thin profit margins for value chain actors. Production is labour intensive, and the actors need specific skills, knowhow, and resources for proper business performance. The value chain's profitability and sustainability can be improved by regenerating exploited quality tree species, improving operation efficiency and safety, promoting market development, and appropriate policies on charcoal production and trade. The study's findings can guide the development of enabling policies and regulatory frameworks for the charcoal industry and improve the actors' performance in the charcoal value chain.

Authors/Creators:Roos, Anders and Mutta, Doris and Larwanou, M. and Wekesa, C. and Kowero, G.
Title:Operations and improvement needs in the informal charcoal sector – A participatory value stream analysis
Series Name/Journal:International Forestry Review
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:23
Page range:351-364
Number of Pages:14
ISSN:1465-5489
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 502 Economics and Business > Business Administration
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Forest Science
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 2 Engineering and Technology > 201 Civil Engineering > Other Civil Engineering
Keywords:bioenergy, energy policy, lean, supply chain management, sustainable livelihoods framework
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-113903
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-113903
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1505/146554821833992802
ID Code:25629
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Dept. of Forest Economics
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:11 Oct 2021 10:25
Metadata Last Modified:11 Oct 2021 10:31

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