Door: Rob van der Rijt, 8 May 2014

What a clean cookstove can mean for your organization…

We prepare a complete meal on the table in fifteen minutes. Cooking in developing countries is a time-consuming and sometimes dangerous activity. Around 2.6 billion people still cook on an open fire every day. That’s almost a third of the world population.

This traditional way of cooking requires a lot of firewood, which takes a long time for women to collect, sometimes up to 4 hours a day. And that with 88 pounds of wood on their backs… Deforestation, caused by the large use of wood, also ensures that this daily activity lasts longer and longer. Cooking on open fires causes a lot of smoke, which contributes to climate change through the emission of greenhouse gases such as CO2.

Triple profit with Clean Cookstoves

There is a solution for the 2.6 billion people who are still cooking in the traditional way: Clean Cookstoves; cookers that make more efficient use of the wood that goes in through smart design and material. This creates less smoke and is a huge improvement to the health of women and children.

Moreover, less smoke means less CO2 emissions going into the atmosphere. By using the Clean Cookstoves, the use of wood decreases drastically, therefore many women spend less time collecting wood. And the efficient design of the cookstoves makes cooking itself is a lot faster. Women have time left for their children, personal development and social activities.

Contribute yourself?

Would your organization contribute to spread the cookstoves and with that offset your own emission of CO2? Contact the partners of who can advice you about these cookstove offsetprojects.

Foto: FairClimateFund/Cookstove project Lakshmi