On a global level, more than 1.5 billion people don’t have the access to electricity. That number rises to over three billion people that rely on open fires fueled by firewood, charcoal, coal, or manure to cook and heat their household. Rural families, but predominantly women and children, lose about a fourth of their day gathering firewood.
WHO’s projections estimate that four million people die every year due to dangerous cooking smoke in their households. In addition, using biomass for cooking negatively affects the ecosystems, causes deforestation and biodiversity loss, as well as worsens the effects of climate change.
Fairtrade and FairClimateFund Netherlands are working on finding energy-efficient cooking solutions that produce a healthier environment, empower women through cleaner cooking, and create a marketplace for cleaner cookstoves.
Follow more of FairClimateFund Netherlands’ project at https://www.fairclimatefund.nl/en