SUPPORTING CHILDREN'S LEARNING IN MADAGASCAR
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 promote 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.
Since school canteens make a large use of charcoal and firewood, Boky Mamiko provides energy saving cookers to schools, allowing them to make a significant financial saving on charcoal consumption and at the same time reducing local charcoal production and mangroves deforestation.
THE ADES ENERGY SAVING COOKERS
USED IN THE SCHOOL CANTEEN IN BEANDRAREZONA
COOKING WITH THE ADES STOVES AT CASA PASQUALE
helping mum to heat up charcoal for lunch