As fuel prices rise, firewood rustlers vex rural Kenya

Rising fossil fuel prices combined with a ban on harvesting firewood in Kenya’s forests is causing the problem, officials say.

According to Kenya’s Ministry of Energy, 90% of rural households use firewood for cooking and heating. The country needs to hugely expand its electricity production to substitute for that firewood, according to Joseph Njoroge, the energy principal secretary.

It aims to generate much of that new power from renewable energy sources including geothermal, hydropower, wind and solar, he said in an interview.

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