Modern Cooking Facility for Africa welcomes the European Union as a new donor in Zambia

The European Union and Sweden join hands to fund the Modern Cooking Facility for Africa (MCFA) in Zambia, supporting the programme’s expansion and further development to scale up access to clean and modern cooking solutions in the country.

Learn why support for clean cooking solutions is needed

The Modern Cooking Facility for Africa is a new financing programme supporting scale-up of clean cooking solutions in six Sub-Saharan African countries. The aim of the programme is to provide 3 million people in Africa with access to clean, modern and affordable cooking solutions by the end of 2027.

At COP27: Scaling up clean and modern cooking solutions in Africa to raise the climate ambition

The COP27 side event ‘Clean cooking around the world’ highlighted the climate, health, economic and social benefits of clean cooking. The event was organised by Nefco and the Nordic Council of Ministers on 11 November 2022 and brought together experts to discuss the development of the clean cooking sector and its linkages to climate goals.

Programme background

Over 4 billion people globally and almost 900 million people in Sub-Saharan African countries lack access to modern and clean cooking solutions. This is the only region in the world where access to clean cooking solutions has not kept pace with population growth.

The aim of the MCFA programme is to provide 3 million Africans with access to clean cooking solutions, initially in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The programme will also aim to have a large positive environmental impact, mitigating deforestation and avoiding CO2 emissions, as well as improving overall health and increasing economic growth in the project countries.

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