A woman collects sawdust at a sawmill near an unreserved forest in Igede-Ekiti township
A woman collects sawdust at a sawmill near an unreserved forest in Igede-Ekiti township, southwest Nigeria, August 18, 2014. 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, and 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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