Haiti : Why cut down a Mango tree to make Charcoal?

I came across something disturbing in Haiti today... I saw a couple cutting down a Mango tree somewhere in Haiti to make charcoal (koupe pye mango pou fè chabon dife) and I am having a hard time understanding the reason since a mango tree can produce mangoes that these people can sell...

Haiti - Coupe pye mango pou fe Shabon
Haiti - Coupe pye mango pou fe Shabon

Mwen pa konprann lojik saa... Pou yon moun ap koupe yon pye mango pou fè chabon...

Yon sak chabon vann yon fwa sèlman, yon panie mango vann pou 200 goud, e yon pye mango ka bay plizyè panye mango chak ane.

So... Kisa ki pouse yon moun pou-w koupe mango saa ki ap pwodwi epi fè chabon ak li?

You can sell a bag of charcoal only once, a basket of mango sells for 200 Haitian gourdes, and a mango tree can produce many baskets each and every year

So what pushes a person to cut down to productive tree and turn it to charcoal?

What do you think about this?

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James Junior Jean Paul says...

The deforestation needs a big campagne to promote, the propane gas whishes should be a solution, at the same time process the irrigation system, plant new trees, work in each forest to make it efficient for some years

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James Junior Jean Paul says...

The deforestation needs a big campagne to promote, the propane gas whishes should be a solution, at the same time process the irrigation system, plant new trees, work in each forest to make it efficient for some years

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James Junior Jean Paul says...

We need to reeducate our people, teach them new procedure to respect the mother nature, if someone cut one tree, he needs to plant 10 more, the propane gas is the real

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Marie Ange Salomon says...

Some Mango trees can not produce mango, I remembered my family had a mango tree in the front yard and something happened to the tree and it stop produce.

That might me the reason the owner cut it down for

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Gerard says...

It so happen that today I was thinking about just that subject.

I was asking myself the same question: Why?

I concluded to this:

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Bwa San Fey says...

We need a strong police presence to eradicate this. First, we need to educate those people.

I get sicken when hearing tree cutting for wood

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Jay says...

si ou di a fe sans min ske leta pata dwe mete couran paske san couran pep la ap toujou koupe bwa pou fe chabon gade la sindoning gin electricite se pa paske pep la rinmin servi ak chabon non min yo pa gin

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Flio6 says...

They are only thinking about today not tomorrow.

A country can not move forward with this way of

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B Murphy Bridge says...

Haiti is 98 % deforested due to use of charcoal for cooking.

Check out this link for an alternative source: using agriculture waste to make charcoal - they call it Fuel from the Fields.

d-lab.mit.edu/sites/default/files/Char...

" 61 ateliers (or local workshops) for producing charcoal have been established in

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