Myanmar is the third largest contributor to deforestation worldwide. As the forests disappear, the price of wood gets higher, driving more and more families into energy poverty. Cutting expenditure on wood makes a huge difference to families already living in poverty, and reducing time spent foraging for wood means more time to spend on smallholdings and securing a good harvest Rural families in Myanmar spend as much as 40% of their income – or time equivalent – on purchasing or collecting firewood. Indoor cooking on inefficient stoves is a silent killer.
Air pollution from domestic cooking is responsible for the premature deaths of over 4 million people a year, more than HIV Aids and malaria combined.