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WFP is committed to helping people safely cook the food it delivers by addressing the various risks associated with cooking and access to energy.

Cooking on open fires is one of the most serious public health and environmental problems in the world, with indoor air pollution being ranked by the World Health Organisation as one of the top ten global health risks. Billions of people worldwide burn biomass such as firewood, charcoal or animal dung on open fires or stoves to cook their meals- especially in humanitarian settings. In addition to these polluting emissions, the resulting inhaled smoke is a key cause of respiratory diseases, killing more than four million people every year.