Boiling Point 68: Energy In Emergency Settings
Type: Journal Article
Today there are more than 59.5 million refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) worldwide that have fled their homes due to war and conflict, and another 97 million people that have been affected by natural disasters. Many of these people have no option but to use three-stone fires and traditional fuels for cooking and lighting, negatively impacting their health, environment, food security, and safety. While millions of refugees receive food from humanitarian agencies, they often receive food like rice that must be cooked before it can be eaten. In camps in north Darfur, 80% of IDPs interviewed reported selling food from their World Food Programme ration to buy firewood, and on average they missed three meals a week when they had food but had no fuel to cook it.
In this issue, we take a closer look at the Sustainable Energy for Food (SE4food) Guidelines which links technical capacity and field experience to provide information on a wide number of technologies for cooking, food preservation, water pumping and purification, and electric power supply for use in humanitarian settings.