The relentless women of Africa

January 24, 2019
contest: CHANGE in Wood Culture - People
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In many parts of sub-Saharan Africa and the developing world, households use traditional biomass for cooking. Women and young girls are often disproportionately affected by the fuelwood procurement drudgery. This picture was taken in Kenyan highlands during our research fieldwork activities. The pictured women carry fuelwood loads of about 25-40kg on their backs and using hand-pushed carts. The women narrated to spend 3-5 hours in day collecting fuelwood, which is often used over inefficient and smoky traditional stoves. this practice has detrimental health effects such as back/legs/arms-aches and respiratory problems (indoor air pollution). Besides, the unpaid time spent collecting fuelwood could have been utilized in income generating activities or for self-care. Promotion and dissemination of clean cooking technologies and fuels is necessary to curb such sustainability challenges including disturbances of cultural ecosystem services provided by local forests.

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