Village women outside Khartoum collect wood for cooking and making charcoal from nearby forests. This is a daily chore, often done early in the morning towards dusk. - - Fuel Wood Development for Energy. People in the Sudan, especially in the rural areas, will long continue to use wood as a principal source of energy for the household. However, in nearly every region it is apparent that fuel wood resources are dwindling while consumption is increasing as a result of population growth. The joint FAO/Sudanese Government Programme is concerned with the intensification of afforestation, increase of the productivity of existing woody resources, the improvement of fuel wood conversion and the organization and strengthening of a forest extension service. The project, which commenced in 1983, has a total budget of USD 4 634 738 and over a period of four years is providing for the establishment of 55 000 feddans (23 100 hectares) of fuel wood plantations, i.e. 25 000 feddans in tree planting and 30 000 feddans in enrichment and management of existing forest, using eucalyptus microtheca, prosopis, acacia tortilis and acacia Senegal; and 300 000 feddans (12 600 hectares) of natural forests for fuel wood energy. Part of the project will be carried out under FAO's special Agricultural Rehabilitation Programme for Africa (ARPA), launched in 1985 to assist 25 African countries.