MIT’s D-Lab started the Fuel from the Fields Charcoal Project in Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere. Its aim was to develop the methodology to turn agricultural waste into charcoal briquettes. This would relieve the pressures of using wood charcoal (the primary cooking fuel for much of the Third World) — mainly the high cost per bag, the harmful fumes from indoor wood fires, and the logging that results in widespread deforestation.
Today, the project is implemented in developing countries across the world, including Rwanda. The following documents describe the background and processes behind this low-cost technology: