|dc.description.abstract||The importance of the traditional sources of energy,
foremost among them woodfuel and the serious consequencies
of Its shortage terms of supply and demand has made
it necessary to assess the woodfuel situation in many parts
of the world. Until recently, our National Development
plans were not based on a conscious energy policy. The
1970's brought into focus a general realization that the
era of cheap energy was over and that all economies had
to adopt to high energy prices. This created the awareness
and termination to explore the traditional energy policy.
This study examines the nature and extent of the
woodfuel crisis in Kikuyu Division of Kiambu District.
The study has found that there are a number of factors
that have contributed to woodfuel shortage in the Division.
Critical among these factors are, rapid population growth,
Deforestation, small land sizes and low energy conversion Efficiency methods..
Against this background, the study therefore has
Recommended that appropriate measures must be undertaken
to alleviate the shortage. The measures considered
Practicable are aimed at energy conservation, energy
Diversification and increasing energy supply by growing
The study has concluded by proposing a short-term
Strategy aimed at conservation and diversification and
long term strategy directed towards increasing energy
supply and population control •||en_US