Fuel-efficient Anagi stoves.

Photo: WFP/Sri Lanka
 

Sri Lanka: 50,000 Fuel Efficient Stoves Change Lives Of IDPs In The North

Collecting firewood for cooking is not only a burdensome task for vulnerable women, it also has an adverse impact on the environment. Using fuel-efficient stoves is one way to combat this issue.  On a visit to one of the homes of former IDPs in the northern part of the country,  we witness how one little stove has entirely changed a family's quality of life.

Overview

Sri Lanka, with a population of more than 20 million people, is a midde-income country struggling with the after effects of the recently ended 26-year civil war between the Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Despite significant gains in human development indicators and poverty rates, the effects of the conflict including the disruption of the planting season and land mines in arable lands, together with the onset of the global financial crisis and the impact of sustained high food prices have eroded people's ability to cope.