Energy has been recognized in recent decades as a key driving force for sustainable development. Access to reliable and affordable energy supports income-generating activity, increases productivity and promotes sustainable livelihoods. Yet energy poverty and lack of access to modern energy remain significant problems in developing countries, mainly in rural areas and particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.

Poor people depend heavily on traditional biomass to meet their energy needs, causing serious health impacts, contributing to degradation of forest resources and lowering household productivity. Improved energy access and more effective delivery of energy servces – including through the use of modern bioenergy – offer opportunities to contribute to poverty reduction and rural development.

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