THE ENERGY SAVING COOKERS
In rural Madagascar families cook outside of their homes on charcoal (or firewood) cooking stoves. Since cooking is essential, charcoal - which is bought in the local markets - is an inevitable expenditure for families. Given the average low level of household income, charcoal represents a significant share of household expenditures. At the same time, since charcoal is produced with local wood, charcoal production is a major cause for regional deforestation, particularly of mangroves (Jones et al. 2016).
For these reasons, we are promoting the adoption of the energy saving cookers produced in Madagascar by ADES, a Swiss NGO. These cookers reduce charcoal consumption by 65%, allowing families to significantly reduce their spending on charcoal and to pay more for other essentials like food, medicines or school fees. Moreover, reducing charcoal consumption in the area has a beneficial impact on the environment by decreasing the need to produce charcoal. In other words, the energy efficient cookers kill two birds with one stone: alleviating poverty and slowing down local mangroves deforestation.
To promote the adoption of the energy efficient cookers in Djangoa, we bought 20 cookers to be sold by the school to families, allowing them to pay in small installments. In fact, even though the retail price of these cookers is relatively low, poor households cannot afford the upfront cost, but are willing to own one, as it allows them to save significantly on charcoal. The revenues from selling the first 20 cookers will then be used as a revolving fund to buy and sell more cookers, gradually supporting the diffusion of this low-cost technology in Djangoa.
the energy efficient cooker by ades
the 20 cookers arrived in Djangoa!
helping mum to heat up charcoal for lunch