Today, more than 30 million hectares of Namibian rangeland are affected by high densities of encroaching woody species. Although this constitutes an immense challenge, bush encroachment provides significant opportunities through bush control and value addition. The production of charcoal is a major contributor to the efforts of bush control for rangeland restoration. Not only is it Namibia’s oldest bush-based value chain, the industry has a significant potential to promote economic growth, diversification of income sources and rural livelihood strategies especially for emerging farmers. There is tremendous scope for the creation of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) run by previously disadvantaged groups specialising in delivering state-of-the-art bush harvesting and charcoal processing services.
The Namibian charcoal industry has seen significant potential and growth over the years. To showcase the great strides in the industry, the Namibia Charcoal Association (NCA) will be hosting its annual Charcoal Conference, AGM and Expo on the 10th of August 2018 at Otjiwa Safari Lodge in Otjiwarongo district. Don’t miss this opportunity to join Namibia’s charcoal processors, buyers and suppliers, late registration is still open!
To learn more about the opportunities of Namibian wood charcoal, read this factsheet. For other additional information resources, visit our downloads section or the Namibia Charcoal Association website at www.ncanamibia.com.