This article thoroughly describes the benefits of growing bamboo. Specifically it focuses on the positive impact bamboo can have in Africa. Bamboo is nearly a panacea for the struggles facing many African countries: deforestation, desertification, dwindling firewood, and limited revenue streams. As we know, bamboo quite magically manages to tackle all of those problems in one solid swoop. INBAR is working on a four-year project to teach communities in Ghana and Ethiopia how to become proficient in running bamboo plantations and build kilns for bamboo biochar.
The article also cites another bamboo forestation project in 1996 by INBAR, which successfully reclaimed land depleted by the brick industry in Allahabad, India. In 2007, the project won the Alcan Prize for Sustainability for its lasting impact.