An alternative fuel source: Make charcoal briquettes from banana peels

| June 13, 2016

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This week’s story from Uganda highlights an innovative and even lucrative solution to banana overproduction: banana wine. Our Script of the week looks at another value-added product associated with banana waste.

These days, there is increased pressure on forests as people cut trees for firewood and other purposes. In the last 30 years, Uganda has lost half of its forest cover. Local people are being encouraged to adopt energy-saving methods that put less pressure on natural resources. One example is using banana peelings, commonly referred to as banachakol (banana charcoal), to make charcoal briquettes.

Our Script of the week features an interview with a woman from a group of community workers known as Bakyala Tweyune (“Women in self-help”), who describes the advantages of banachakol and the production process for the briquettes.

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