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A person who is exposed to firewood smoke for an hour has similar health risks as a person who smokes between 200 and 300 cigarettes. Tanzania is estimated to lose nearly 470,000 hectares of forest each year due to the rampant acts of cutting down trees for charcoal and firewood. Tanzania is striving to making clean cooking an achievable target.
WITH the increased access to energy among Tanzanians, only five out of ten households are connected to electricity in Tanzania mainland, with Dar es Salaam region being on top with nine out of ten households. In contrast, the report shows about four in ten households (36 percent) are connected to electricity in rural areas.
President Samia rallied fellow African leaders and representatives to accelerate clean cooking solutions in the region and help transition some 900 million Africans from biomass fuels to more affordable and environmentally friendly options over the next couple of years.
The goal is to reach endusers by stimulating the market for a sustainable cooking energy mix, strengthening the legal framework, and sensitising the public to change their mindset and cooking behaviour from traditional methods such as using wood and charcoal.
As part of improving agriculture, Elico Foundation, a Non-Government Organization (NGO) dedicated to advancing renewable energy in rural areas, provided Mmewa’s group in Lupembe Lwa Senga with a solar-powered water pump to enhance productivity and food security.
Tanzania, Rwanda and Somalia are among four countries selected as pilots of a new World Bank clean energy programme that is set to benefit at least 100 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2030. World Bank Group President Banga announced the $15 billion project during the International Development Association’s (IDA) mid-term review meeting.

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