ICRC Rice Husk Fuel Sticks for Rakhine IDPs

Posted by: SAFE Administrator

Modified date: 10/18/2017

ICRC Rice Husk Fuel Sticks for Rakhine IDPs


Technology field of reference: Cooking, Preservation, Heating, Lighting, Powering, Other

Relevant sectors: Nutrition, Food Security, Environment, Logistics

Population type: Internally Displaced People (IDPs)

Category of funders: Not Available

Project Description

More than 100,000 people displaced in 2012 by intercommunal violence in Pauktaw Township, Rakhine State in Myanmar are still living in camps. Their movements outside the camps are restricted. They have limited access to resources, something even as basic as fuel for cooking. Families living in camps and isolated villages use pieces broken off their shelter and hazardous materials such as plastic to cook their meals, or exchange part of their food rations for fuel. Since June 2014, the ICRC has been providing fuel sticks made from local rice husk to families in camps in the townships of Pauktaw and Myebon, close to the State capital of Sitwe. Rice husk, a by-product of rice processing, is widely available in Rakhine State. The fuel sticks, distributed by the ICRC, are produced locally with rice husks – materials that would have otherwise been discarded.By providing fuel sticks, ICRC aims to reduce deforestation and the risk of security incidents associated with the collection of firewood around camps. In the Rakhine State, ICRC works in full transparency with the authorities and in consultation with community leaders to improve the lives of all the communities, directly or indirectly affected by violence. The needs of the most vulnerable families of Buddhist and Muslim communities are taken into account and assistance is tailored to fit their needs. Over 18,000 displaced people living in camps in Pauktaw and Myebon townships received fuel sticks distributed by the ICRC. Most of their cooking fuel needs depend on the season and their vulnerability.


Starting and ending date

From 01/01/2014

Number of beneficiaries reached through energy related activites or interventions

18000 were direct beneficiaries

Names of implementing partners

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Funding sources