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SAFE Stoves, good for women and environment

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Cooking on a three-stone fire at school in the Moroto district, Karamoja. This approach consumes a lot of fuel.

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Some schools in Karamoja required children to bring a stick with them every day so that the meals provided by WFP can be cooked.

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This type of mud/clay stove consumes less wood and conserves heat for much longer.

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Two standard mud/clay SAFE stoves, built outside a home in Karamoja. Even simple models can cut fuel consumption by 50%.

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A more sophisticated SAFE stove, used in Uganda.

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In schools and other institutions, bigger SAFE stoves are needed to cook enough food for several classes. These stoves, shown here in a Zambian school, are made of steel.

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In drought-stricken Karamoja and Darfur, it has become harder and harder to find firewood. Women face long treks to fuel for cooking. If stoves consumed less, it would help women, but also an increasingly degraded landscape.

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In order to save fuel, women such as this refugee at the Nakivale settlement in Karamoja, sometimes undercook food, producing a health risk.

WFP has launched a pilot project to provide fuel-efficient stoves to women in Sudan and Uganda, to reduce the risk they run of being attacked while gathering firewood and to help take pressure off the environment.