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Prosopis: An Alternative Fuel Resource for Refugees and Host Communities in Dadaab, Kenya


There is an urgent need for safe and sustainable fuel alternatives in Dadaab refugee camp, both for the safety of refugee women and girls and the well-being of the environment. Prosopis, a fast-growing invasive plant that is resistant to drought and poor soils, can be efficiently used as firewood or for making lump charcoal or briquettes.

The vast majority of refugees in Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee complex, currently rely on traditional biomass, primarily firewood, for their cooking fuel and household energy needs. Women to undertake 5.5 collection trips per month, increasing their risk of rape, kidnapping and other forms of gender-based violence.

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