In the UK many of us take for granted the option of clean fuel, a nice cooker and the fact that by cooking our everyday meals we are not at risk of contracting illness or dying due to dirty fumes from cooking.
Nearly 3 billion people in the developing world cook food and heat their homes with traditional cookstoves or open fires. 2 million premature deaths occur every year due to smoke exposure from these methods. Women and children are the most affected.
A project lead my the United Nations called Clean Cookstoves is working with global partners to have 100 million homes adopt clean and efficient stoves by 2020, the main issues are to reduce ‘sooty cookers’ – open fires in many parts of the developing world that cause death.
As a member of the International Federation or Home Economics, we are a corporate partner.
Cookstove smoke kills 1 person every 16 seconds – almost half the world’s population still cooks food, boils water, and warms their homes by burning wood, animal and agricultural waste, and coal in open fires or rudimentary cookstoves.
Daily exposure to the harmful smoke from traditional cooking practices is one of the world’s biggest – but least known – killers. In fact, smoke from traditional cookstoves and open fires causes 2 million premature deaths annually with women and young children the most affected.
In addition, women and children face severe personal risks as they search for fuel, especially near refugee camps and in conflict zones. Inefficient cookstoves contribute to climate change through the emissions of greenhouse gasses and black carbon.