Received: Mon 27 of Sep., 2010
Accepted: Mon 27 of Sep., 2010


In April 2010, a Berkeley-based team visited Haiti on a fact-finding mission funded by Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and coordinated through the Darfur Stoves Project and its parent organisation, Technology Innovation for Sustainable Societies. Team members met with potential field partners, observed cooking practices, and collected user feedback on several stove models. The team encountered a high level of interest in cookstove projects, in part due to the outpouring of humanitarian aid and increased attention to economic and social development in Haiti in the wake of the January earthquake. However, one of the key findings of the trip was that because most aid organisations are still focused on immediate relief efforts, there is room to improve the coordination of stove dissemination activities, increase information sharing between interested parties and provide an independent assessment of the efficiency and cultural appropriateness of the stoves currently being considered for distribution in Haiti. There remain additional issues to be investigated in the medium to long term related to fuel source, as charcoal use has been implicated in Haiti’s deforestation problem.

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