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Assessing cooking needs in Chad Methodology and findings
World Food Program (WFP)
Published in
February 2023
Access to clean cooking remains a neglected aspect of humanitarian response in displacement settings, largely due to limited the capacity of agencies responding to crises, the lack of dedicated funding, and the focus on short-term needs. Rather than being linked to food assistance programs, cooking interventions Often come as an afterthought and with insufficient scope. This can lead to negative

environmental, health, security, and socio-economic impacts. The “Modern Cooking Solutions in Chad and Beyond” project (funded by SIDA and implemented by WFP and UNHCR) aimed to address cooking needs in six refugee camps in eastern Chad. Cooking solutions are highly context-dependent and are intimately linked to people’s culture, preferences, habits, and convenience as well as to the local availability and affordability of fuels and appliances. To gain a thorough understanding of opportunities for clean cooking in Chad, the project gathered information through a desk review mapping of ongoing and past activities as well as government policies and strategies. This was complemented by an energy need assessment and market scoping to identify end users’ needs and wants, potential solutions, and suppliers already available in the country. Chad is situated in a highly vulnerable area that suffers from overlapping ongoing conflicts. The displaced refugee population is the 10th largest in the world, mostly hosted in camps. The region is vulnerable to climate change which has led to a shift in rain

patterns, increased frequency of droughts, and desertification. These phenomena have significant impacts on agricultural practices that support local livelihoods. Scarcity of resources and poverty result from intentions between communities, exacerbated by the arrival of refugees.