SET4food project phase I  [2014-2015]

Sustainable Energy Technologies for Food Utilization


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According to UNHCR, at the end of 2015 there were 65.3 million people forcibly displaced worldwide: among them 21.3 million refugees, 40.8 million Internally Displaced People (IDPs) and 3.2 million asylum-seekers. During the first half of 2016, UNHCR Mid Year Trends reported a further displacement of about 3.2 million individuals.

Energy universally plays a key role for human well-being and becomes especially crucial in developing and humanitarian contexts. SET4food project was designed in order to give a response to the need of energy in humanitarian contexts, essential to give efficient access to basic services, such as food preservation, cooking, health and water supply. As regards the poor living conditions suffered by refugees and IDPs in temporary / quasi permanent / permanent camps or informal settlements, a relevant concern is represented by the insufficient food security level. Poor food utilization and the lack of access to energy are important factors leading to food insecurity.

A first phase of SET4food (Sustainable Energy Technologies for Food Utilization) was implemented in 2014-2015 with the aim of enhancing the response capacity of humanitarian actors in identifying and implementing efficient and sustainable energy technologies for food utilization in temporary / quasi permanent / permanent camps or informal settlements. Practical tools were developed to support the design and field implementation of energy-related solutions in humanitarian contexts; more specifically, the Decision Support System (DSS) was designed to lead to the identification of a set of suggested energy technologies, while Guidelines presented their pros and cons facilitating the final selection.Training and dissemination activities were implemented to sensitize and promote capacity building among humanitarian actors and pilot projects were realized in 4 countries to concretely test the mentioned technologies. The SET4food phase 1 was funded by the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) and the partners were COOPI - Cooperazione Internazionale as leading agency together with Politecnico di Milano and Fondazione Politecnico di Milano.

SET4food is a project developed by:                                                                                                                                

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                                         A generous contribution of:      

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