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WORLD BANK SUPPORT UGANDA’S EFFORTS TO ADOPT CLEANER COOKING TECHNOLOGIES

KAMPALA-- The World Bank has invested a total of 2.2 million US dollars to foster the sales and adoption of cleaner and more efficient cooking technologies in Uganda under its Clean Cooking Supply Chain Expansion project in the country.

According to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), in 2016, Uganda was meeting more than 89 per cent of its energy demand with biomass, 10 per cent with fossil fuel combustion and only one per cent with electricity from hydro and fossil fuel-powered thermal power plants.

This has led to the country's total forest cover declining by 27 per cent between 1990 and 2005, with a 1.8 per cent decline per year on average. Reports by National Forestry Authority indicate that Uganda's forest cover has tremendously declined from 24 per cent (4.93 million hectares) in the 1990 to less than 9.0 per cent (1.957 million hectares) in 2018.

Apart from the depletion of Uganda's forests, the UBOS also indicates that traditional cooking methods expose family members to numerous pollutants causing health problems.

The Uganda Clean Cooking Supply Chain Expansion project funded by the World Bank and implemented by the Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU), the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development and Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development is working to reduce the negative impacts on the environment and economic burden on households stemming from inefficient use of solid biomass fuels for cooking.

The improved biomass cook stoves which are being introduced, while still burning biomass (wood, crop waste, dried animal dung), will reduce indoor air pollution. The government's ambition is to increase the adoption of efficient fuel wood stoves in order to achieve various public, national, and international goals.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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