A cocoa farmer and log merchant, Olawole Samson, sits with his family as they pose for a photograph in...
A cocoa farmer and log merchant, Olawole Samson (2nd L), 56, sits with his family as they pose for a photograph in their home in the village of Igbatoro, southwest Nigeria, September 1, 2014. Samson is a community school teacher but also has an expansive cocoa farm where available trees are cut down and sold to support his meagre income. Wood, a form of biomass, is the sole source of energy for hundreds of millions of Africans who lack access to modern sources of power. Logging, both legal and illegal, remains a lucrative business that has contributed to the rapid shrinking of Africa?s rainforests and woodlands. Nigeria lost just over 2 million hectares of forest annually between 2005-2010 driven by agricultural expansion, logging and infrastructure development, according to U.N. data. It is also among the biggest users of solid fuel for cooking, with over 120 million Nigerians relying on firewood and charcoal for their cooking needs, according to the International Energy Agency. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye (NIGERIA - Tags: BUSINESS ENERGY ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)
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