There are now more than 59.5 million refugees and internally displaced people worldwide, and another 97 million that have been affected by natural disasters. Most of these individuals rely on three-stone fires and traditional fuels — wood, coal, animal dung, and agricultural waste — for cooking. On average they walk more than 5 hours to collect firewood to cook their food, during which time they risk physical and sexual assault and injury. Morbidity and mortality rates from ARI are even higher in these settings than in development contexts. This session will highlight the work that is being done by leading humanitarian agencies and governments to ensure safe access to fuel and energy for crisis-affected populations, and will provide concrete ways for stakeholders to incorporate humanitarian settings into their cookstove and fuel work.
Daphné Carliez, SAFE Global Coordinator and Communications, World Food Programme (WFP)
Ram Prasad Dhital, Executive Director, Alternative Energy Promotion Center, Government of Nepal’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment
Corinne Hart, Director of Gender and Humanitarian Programs, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves
Shanti Kleiman, Energy and Environment Advisor, Mercy Corps
Dr. Olivier Lompo, Assistant Energy and Environmental Officer in Burkina Faso, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Andreas Thulstrup, Natural Resources Management Officer, Climate, Tenure and Energy Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations