Technologies and Sustainable Energy for Food Utilization – Aspects to be taken into account
ECHO partners are strongly encouraged to identify and address food utilization needs and to use of the most appropriate, available and accessible technologies taking into account:
A technology may considerably reduce the time spent and the security risks of women searching for fuel (i.e. energy saving stove). It may reduce the need to walk too many times for long distances to get water or to purchase fresh, but perishable food (i.e. better food storage facility). However, some technologies may be appropriate in a context, but not in another one. Beneficiaries should be consulted to select the best solutions.
For instance, in some cases the use of modern and unexpansive energy saving stoves can contribute to reduce health risks associated to indoor smoke pollution and consequent morbidity and mortality for women and children. Similarly safer cooking and storage facilities are associated with reduced domestic accidents like child burns.
A technology could also be selected to contribute to reduce the impact on environment degradation caused by a humanitarian crisis. For instance, energy efficient stoves consuming less wood or not at all like solar system, can have considerable impact in reducing tree cutting.