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 supported hundreds of small-scale cookstove producers and distributors by strengthening their business and technical skills, improving the design and performance of their stoves, providing access to ﬁnance and technology and boosting the last mile distribution of energy efficient products through market development activities.
We also campaign to increase awareness of the benefits of clean cooking and influence consumers to adopt cleaner cookstoves and fuels.