- 22nd June 2022
The Modern Energy Cooking Services (MECS) programme and the World Food Programme (WFP) co-hosted the webinar “Clean and Modern Energy for Cooking – A path to food security and sustainable development”, on Wednesday 13 July 2022 at 13:00 BST.
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The webinar presented key findings from our joint position paper “Clean and Modern Energy for Cooking – A Path to Food Security and Sustainable Development“. Launched in June 2022, the paper demonstrates how ensuring access to safe, sustainable and accessible cooking fuels and technologies for households, institutions (like schools) and businesses is essential to address energy poverty and food security, and to pave the way for sustainable development.
The webinar also showcased some of the projects WFP are currently working on to promote access to clean and modern energy for cooking, in collaboration with MECS. These cover institutional and displacement settings across East, Southern and Central Africa. Examples include an electric cooking pilot in schools in Lesotho; a study of fuel-efficient menus for school feeding in Rwanda; and a project which aims to provide modern cooking solutions in humanitarian settings in the North of Chad.
The webinar lasted for around one hour with the format as follows;
1) Welcome and opening remarks – WFP [Dr Raffaella Bellanca] (10 minutes)
2) Launch of the position paper “Clean and Modern Energy for Cooking – A Path to Food Security and Sustainable Development” – WFP & MECS (15 minutes)
3) WFP’s work on modern energy for cooking in selected countries and settings:
– Pilot of large Electric Pressure Cookers (EPCs) in Lesotho – Geoffrey Ndegwa, WFP (5 minutes)
– Pilot of fuel-efficient menus for school feeding in Rwanda – Suzanna Huber, WFP (5 minutes)
– Modern cooking solutions in Chad and beyond – Maarten Kleijn, WFP (5 minutes)
4) Panel discussion and Q&A (15 minutes)
5) Closing remarks – MECS (5 minutes)