Carbon farming with bamboos in Africa: A call for action

Carbon farming with bamboos in Africa: A call for action


Bamboos are of paramount importance for livelihoods, landscapes, and climate change mitigation. When compared to other regions, little research has been done about bamboo resources in Africa. This is because National Forest Resources Assessments rarely capture the necessary data. Approximately, there are 38 species of woody bamboos native to sub-Saharan Africa including Madagascar with many endemic species. So far, their population is dwindling but if sustainably managed, they can contribute significantly economically and to the environment.


The primary objective of the paper was to assess the state of the bamboo resource in Africa and their potential for carbon farming drawing on experience from Asia. This was done through reviewing literature of the types of woody bamboo endemic species, their human uses and approximate area of potential occurrence, as well as assessing the exotic species introduced from Asia.


The authors recommend that carbon farming with bamboos should be given greater recognition in policy and land management for the many benefits bamboos have. Other future steps include establishing bamboo plantations, which requires better extension and research support. The authors also state the need of implementation of community-based forest management for effective utilization of bamboo resources.


Silesh and Nath (2017) Carbon farming with bamboos in Africa: A call for action


  • Department of Ecology and Environmental Science, Assam University