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Cooking in Displacement Settings

Posted by: SAFE Administrator

Modified date: 03/11/2019

Cooking in Displacement Settings


Relevant sector: Environment

Resource type: Document

Resource use: Resource Mobilization & Advocacy, Review & Evaluation

Language of the document: English


Laura Patel and Katie Gross


Moving Energy Initiative


Providing adequate cooking fuel and clean-burning, fuel-efficient stoves in displacement settings has long been a major challenge for local authorities, humanitarian agencies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), local communities and refugees themselves. Refugees generally have limited access to modern cooking solutions. Most either depend on insufficient humanitarian agency handouts of ‘in-kind’ firewood2 or have to travel long distances to collect firewood (in the latter case, exposing themselves to the risk of attack and/or sparking conflict with host communities). In many displacement settings, such as in Tanzania and Bangladesh, a crisis point is being reached in which firewood from the local environment is no longer available and no alternatives exist. In many cases, host governments are recognizing the environmental damage and are now pushing for change, banning in-kind firewood distribution or requesting humanitarian agency support to transition refugees to alternative fuels.

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