The supply and management of energy
in rural Africa, where over 75% of the population live, is often omitted from
government and donor planning. Africa's main sources of rural energy, fuelwood
and charcoal, are diminishing in places where farm woodlots and forest management
plans are absent. As
a result of poor rural energy planning, decreasing natural stocks of biomass energy
and a lack of technical information and expertise, rural people often have limited
access to adequate and affordable supplies of sustainable energy.
This situation can be improved.
EAA has mobilised rural people and businesses to tackle energy challenges sustainably.
Energy enterprises already provide thousands of jobs and are vital to the economic
well-being of rural areas. The
potential for businesses and communities to better utilise their energy resources
is vast. What is lacking is information, expertise and community involvement in
the planning process.
EAA bridges this gap, offering
expertise in the following areas: