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Audit says US project missed carbon goals

Audit says US project failing to meet goals of cutting charcoal use

Audit says US project missed carbon goals

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- A U.S. program meant to save Haiti's forests by shifting people away from charcoal stoves has run into problems.

An audit by the U.S. Agency for International Department has found that few Haitians switched to the new energy-efficient cook stoves -- in large part because they cost far more than traditional coal stoves and people lacked financing options to pay for them.

The $8.2 million project launched in 2012 is one of many that have been aimed at helping Haiti rebuild and advance following its 2010 earthquake.

This month's audit also finds there hasn't been enough marketing for the program, which has been operated by Chemonics International Inc., based in Washington, D.C.