2.8 billion people worldwide cook with solid fuels, with enormous negative consequences:
- Household air pollution from cooking with solid fuels kills over 4 million people annually—more than malaria, AIDS and tuberculosis combined.
- Harvesting wood fuel is a leading cause of forest degradation and deforestation in Africa and Asia. Governments in countries like Uganda, Ghana and Nigeria predict that vital forest areas have only 8-10 years of trees remaining.
- The search for fuel wastes human capital. Rural women and children spend up to 6 hours a day gathering wood fuel.
This is one of the most important health, environmental and women’s problems in the developing world.
The Global LPG Partnership (GLPGP) assists developing countries to plan, finance and implement national-scale availability and use of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to help prevent the 4 million annual deaths, severe forest loss, and vast impact on women's and children's time caused by societal dependence on solid fuels for cooking.