Access to fuel for cooking is frequently a struggle for the poor and marginalised. The constant search for fuelwood can govern the daily lives of women and be a major factor in preventing girls attending school. The smoke from traditional cooking which takes place in the home can also be a health hazard for those that cook, children, the elderly and the vulnerable.
Inefficient and smokey traditional cookstove >
I have been involved with cookstove projects in many regions of India and from the Himalayas to the south. From experience I know that providing simple adaptations to traditional cooking methods that improve fuel-efficiency and provide a cleaner cooking environment can make a huge difference to people’s lives and the environment, at limited cost.
There are several key factors that need to be borne in mind when making these adaptations:
NOTE: For some communities – e.g. nomads inhabiting remote areas, not all of these criteria can be fulfilled – in particular: 3, 4 & 5 – as the stoves need to be portable and therefore cannot be made in-situ. A proven solution is to train local youth and set up simple manufacturing workshops in the nearest local town.
The pictures on this page are from successful cookstove projects in a variety of geographical locations.