by: M. Asaduzzaman, Douglas F. Barnes, Shahidur R. Khandker
Rural energy’s importance to the Bangladesh economy cannot be
underestimated. The problems rural people face in obtaining safe,
clean, and reliable energy supplies are not minor inconveniences.
People are cooking with biomass fuels including large amounts of leaves
and grass that expose them harmful indoor air pollution. They light
with kerosene or sometimes candles which give off a dim light that
hampers studying and reading in the evening.
Finally, rural productivity suffers because of lack of access to
modern energy. However, the picture also is not all bleak. This study
underscores how improved access to rural energy services can created
multiple benefits for rural life—from income and labor
productivity to education and women’s health. Recommended or
enhancement of programs for improved stoves, rural electrification,
renewable energy and greater access to commercial liquid fuels can
significantly improve both the rural productivity and enhance the
quality of life in rural Bangladesh.
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