Mushrooms are one of the most economical commodities that can be produced produced in an ecological and climate friendly way. Given their nutritional and medicinal value they hold the promise to play a key role in a green future, converting agricultural waste to food. Consequently, the commercial production of edible mushrooms has increased more than 30 times since 1978. Oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus spp.) account for about 14% of the world market share.
Namibia, while a beautiful country with five distinct geographical areas, is also the driest country in sub-Saharan Africa. Water is scarce, and the dry climate contributes to limited vegetation, leading to a lack of firewood. As firewood is an important energy source in rural areas, it is a valued resource. Fire has many uses after all; it can, for example, be used for sterilization of mushroom substrates.