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close this book Development in practice - Rural energy and development
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Improving access to kerosene and gas


When people can afford kerosene and gas (mainly LPG) they prefer these fuels to fuelwood and dung for cooking As figure 2 1 showed' kerosene and LPG are five to ten times more efficient, far less damaging to the users' hearth and to their environment. and easier to cook with. They also greatly reduce the time women and children spend gathering fuelwood At the same time however. these fuels are more expensive than wood: the poorest people thus rarely use them In Africa, in particular. poor infrastructure. dispersed populations, and poor delivery also hinder access to such fuels