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Addressing energy needs in the context of disaster risks and climate change. Safe Access to Fuel and Energy Briefing Note

Ensuring safe and sustainable access to energy for vulnerable populations in the face of natural hazards










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    Reducing protection risks and women's work burden through improved energy access. Safe Access to Fuel and Energy Briefing Note 2018
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    Women and children are often not only responsible for cooking but also tasked with collecting the fuel needed to prepare meals. This often involves walking long distances to collect fuelwood which exposes them to protection risks and a significant work burden, especially in protracted crises. As a result, less time is left for child care and productive activities that can provide additional income for the household. Improving access to sustainable energy is key to tackle these issues. At the same time, it is of crucial importance to include in-depth gender analyses when planning and implementing SAFE-related projects.
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    Building resilience through Safe Access to Fuel and Energy (SAFE)
    Moving towards a comprehensive SAFE Framework
    2018
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    Globally, nearly 3 billion people rely on traditional biomass, such as fuelwood, charcoal or animal waste, as sources of fuel for cooking and heating. The multi-sectoral challenges related to energy access make it crucial to view the issue in a broader frame. FAO’s work on Safe Access to Fuel and Energy (SAFE) adopts a holistic, multi-faceted approach which takes into account the mutually reinforcing linkages between energy and nutrition, disaster risks and climate change, conflict, health, gender, protection and livelihoods. This publication aims at providing a comprehensive framework for FAO to mainstream energy access for crisis-affected population in the resilience programming.
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    Improving nutrition through enhanced energy access - Safe Access to Fuel and Energy Briefing Note 2018
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    Most food needs to be cooked before being consumed. In protracted crises, acute emergencies or multi-hazard contexts, vulnerable populations often face significant risks to their health and nutrition due to inadequate access to the means of cooking their food. Providing access to reliable and affordable energy and improved cooking technologies should be an important part of nutrition-sensitive interventions. This is at the core of the FAO SAFE approach. A direct way to tackle these issues is by promoting the use of fuel-efficient stoves and fuel-saving cooking practices.

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