Half of the world’s population lacks access to clean cooking – and what can be done about it
“Global extreme poverty is expected to rise in 2020 for the first time in over 20 years as the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic compounds the forces of conflict and climate change, which were already slowing poverty reduction progress.” This was the stark message from the World Bank in October 2020. A month earlier, the Bank had concluded that on one important Sustainable Development Goals – number 7 on clean energy - progress was particularly poor. Almost 4 billion people, half of the world’s population, lacked access to modern cooking facilities (see the World Bank report “Modern Energy Cooking Services (MECS) Systematic Review). Of these nearly one billion are in Africa.