Journal of
Horticulture and Forestry

  • Abbreviation: J. Hortic. For.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9782
  • DOI: 10.5897/JHF
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 302

Full Length Research Paper

Analysis of woodfuel supply and demand balance in Kiambu, Thika and Maragwa districts in central Kenya

Githiomi J. K.1*, Kung’u J. B.2 and Mugendi D. N.2
1Kenya Research Institute-Forest Products Research Centre, P.O. Box 64636-00620 Nairobi, Kenya. 2Department of Environmental Sciences, Kenyatta University, P.O. Box 43844-00100 Nairobi, Kenya.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 12 March 2012
  •  Published: 01 April 2012


This study was undertaken in Kiambu, Thika and Maragwa districts of Central Kenya and it aimed at developing micro-level wood energy plan that would act as a case study for future decentralized wood energy plans in Kenya. Primary data was collected from households, service/production institutions comprising of factories/industries, schools, restaurants, hospitals and prisons using structured questionnaires. The study established a deficit between supply and demand balance of -41.7, -45.6 and -50.1% of woodfuel in 2006 for Kiambu, Thika and Maragwa districts respectively. The strategies suggested in micro-level wood energy plans to curb these deficits include allocation of gazetted plantation forest to fuel wood production, increase of improved stove technology, increase of on-farm tree land area and use of alternative energy sources. The combination of all these strategies gave a surplus of 22,903, 46,947 and 32,409 tons of woodfuel in Kiambu, Thika and Maragwa districts, respectively by 2018. The study recommended implementation of the identified strategies aimed at reducing the huge deficit between supply and demand, enhancing inter-institutional collaboration in all sectors related to wood energy development, developing clear policies to guide charcoal and firewood production and marketing and having regular wood energy surveys.


Key words: Central Kenya, wood energy, planning, woodfuel deficit.