Modern Cooking for Healthy Forests


Modern Cooking for Healthy Forests promotes sustainable forest management and energy options to maintain forest cover and to reduce land-based emissions in Malawi.

The project's objectives include:

  • Promoting adoption of alternative energy sources and efficient cooking technologies to reduce unsustainable wood fuel cooking demand, and most importantly urban demand for illegal and unsustainable charcoal. 
  • Improving local delivery of forestry services, and promoting forest-friendly enterprises, including sustainable charcoal and other biomass energies.
  • Strengthening regulation and enforcement to support sustainable wood fuel production and use.
  • Increasing the Government of Malawi’s implementation capacity of low emissions development in reducing emissions from deforestation, forest degradation and conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks. (REDD+), forest landscape restoration and/or in other land uses.
  • Leveraging interventions with partners, including the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO), other development partners, Government of Malawi and the private sector, identifying leverage points that overcome market constraints, and facilitating market-based solutions that utilise local systems and resources.
Malawi forest, credit Lucian F, flickr



Modern Cooking for Healthy Forests aims to reduce unsustainable wood fuel demand by increasing adoption of alternative cooking energies and fuel-efficient cooking technologies, increasing sustainable wood fuel supply, and strengthening Malawi’s business and regulatory enabling environment by:

  • Implementing a landscape approach that addresses wood fuel supply and demand and reduces underlying drivers of forest cover loss.
  • Developing inclusive and sustainable market systems across alternative energy, sustainable charcoal, and forestry value chains by engaging a wide range of actors.
  • Engaging the private sector and mobilising financing, investment, and additional resources that generate and increase investments for the alternative fuels, fuel-efficient technology, and improved forest governance and forest land restoration.
  • Building on and advancing key Government of Malawi policies and strategies, such as the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy III, Malawi 2020 Vision Document, National Charcoal Strategy, National Energy Policy, and National Forestry Policy and Act. 
  • Strengthening local capacity for self-reliance and sustainability by prioritising local partners, working with and through national government institutions, implementing facilitative market systems approaches, and supporting human and institutional capacity development.


A feature story by the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust describes: Fighting for Malawi's forests.

A detailed factsheet outlines the intended results that the project is working towards, for each of the objectives. Contact the project office for more information on the latest achievements.

MCHF Activity Fact Sheet_Final_Sept2020.pdf


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