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Clean cooking push suffers from "shocking" lack of funding

Funding to boost the numbers of people with access to electric power and clean cooking is too low to meet the global goal for everyone to have modern, reliable and affordable energy by 2030, international organisations said on Monday.

Just over 3 billion people still use traditional, solid fuels like firewood and dung to cook, the latest data shows.

Lack of finance to end the use of polluting cooking fuels for cooking is “shocking”, said Rachel Kyte, CEO of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), a body set up by the last U.N. chief.

“The problem is becoming bigger rather than smaller,” Kyte told reporters. “The levels of finance for clean cooking are so far away from where they would need to be to produce progress.”

Erik Burton

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