Raising the Burden: Healthy Food and Cooking Energy Scarcity
Aaron Scheid, Harry Hoffmann, Johannes Hafner, Götz Uckert, Stefan Sieber, Anthony Kimaro
Leibniz Centre for Agric. Landscape Res. (ZALF), Germany
Food and nutrition security does not only depend on an adequate quantitative and qualitative availability of especially staples and vegetables. Likewise important is the adequate supply of cooking energy such as fuelwood and charcoal. However, as the process of land degradation is ongoing especially in sub-Saharan Africa - but also in other regions of the global South - forested areas and likewise forest products are diminishing. This has substantial consequences for the 3 billion people globally who depend on so-called traditional bioenergy for cooking but also heating. As the cooking process is essential for nutritious aspects - heat reduces the food matrices and make them more available for the human body -, affected individuals have to develop or apply coping strategies to deal with the challenge of energy scarcity.
Keywords: Bioenergy, energy scarcity, food energy nexus, forest degradation, healthy and nutritious food, woodfuel
Contact Address: Harry Hoffmann, Leibniz Centre for Agric. Landscape Res. (ZALF), Sustainablel land use in developing countries (SUSLand), Eberswalder Straße 84, 15374 Müncheberg, Germany, e-mail: harry.hoffmannzalf.de