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Throughout the developing world, most cooking in poorer households is still done using fuelwood, charcoal, and other biomass on inefficient fires and stoves. In rural Africa, poor households can spend up to 35% of their income on these inefficient energy forms. Affordable and efficient cooking fuels and stoves are needed to reduce indoor air pollution, cut household energy costs and reduce time lost in gathering fuelwood.

Current options for truly clean cooking, including LPG and electricity, are expensive, so reliance on traditional biomass for cooking and heating will likely continue for decades to come. One way of mitigating the negative effects of cooking with biomass is the introduction of improved cookstoves. Over the last decade Energy 4 Impact has supported both local stove makers and international businesses which manufacture highly efficient stoves.

We have worked with hundreds of small-scale cookstove producers and distributors by strengthening their business and technical skills, developing their marketing awareness, providing access to finance and technology, improving the performance standards of their stoves to maximise their health benefits and boosting the last mile distribution of energy efficient products through market development activities.

We have worked in partnership with various initiatives, including the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves' Spark Fund Project, through which we supported Kenyan stove entrepreneurs to develop new biomass cookstove designs for domestic use offering improved performance. We have teamed up with The Adventure Project to increase the distribution of these stoves. In Uganda we have partnered with institutional cookstove producers providing certified high quality stoves to schools, and with World Bank funding we're helping to the distribution of locally made domestic stoves across the country.

Through our advisory services team we have also supported businesses creating and selling stoves which achieve higher standards than local artisan stoves. These stoves are more expensive than typical locally-made stoves, but last longer and save more fuel. The team assists these companies though strategic business advice, bespoke studies, and providing help with raising capital.

Recently we have joined the Global Alliance's national awareness raising campaign to influence consumers to adopt the use of cleaner cookstoves and fuels through increasing awareness on the benefits of cleaner cooking and access to improved cookstoves.