Charcoal making is a thriving industry in Mozambique, and charcoal bags can be seen stacked along roadsides and sold across the country.
People prefer charcoal because it is cheap, easily accessible, easy to transport and burns longer than wood. It’s also a source of livelihood for poor families across the country.
But the growing demand for charcoal is placing increasing pressure on Mozambique’s forests.
Haru Mutasa of Worldfocus partner Al Jazeera English reports on the disastrous toll being taken on the environment.