Bags of charcoal stacked along roadsides across Mozambique are a common sight. Charcoal is popular because it is cheap, easy to transport and burns longer than wood.
And charcoal-making is a thriving industry that supports many poor families across the country. But the growing demand for charcoal is damaging forests, as Al Jazeera’s Haru Mutasa reports from the village of Chokwe.
China has overtaken the US as Africa’s top trading partner, and Beijing’s growing economic clout is increasingly visible across the continent – but critics say the Asian giant’s pursuit of lucrative contracts is at the expense of the environment.
In the latest in our series China Buys The World, Al Jazeera’s Haru Mutasa reports from Mozambique, where Beijing’s conduct is drawing concern.