"The clear, blue flame emanating from the burner of the humble, metal cooking stove is a luminous sign of hope for hundreds of millions of poor farming families.

And yet inventor Alexis Belonio was initially blithely unaware that he had achieved what leading experts had declared could not be done: turn agricultural waste into purified gas for domestic cooking in a top-lit, updraft, biomass gas stove.

In the many countries where rice is the staple food, small changes to the use of this grain can make a profound difference. The world’s annual 650-million-tonne rice crop provides sustenance three times a day for two billion people, mainly in developing countries in the tropics. For these people, this stuff of life is indispensable, but to cook the rice they need gas or kerosene, fossil fuels that come at an increasingly unaffordable cost and with often negative consequences on health and climate.

Professor Anderson says of this keen inventor: “Alexis’ accomplishments are founded upon his personal drive and the use of his personal resources. Establishing a centre dealing with rice husks is a worthy goal that will eventually benefit millions of people in many countries.” With tireless dedication, practical focus and technical insight, Alexis Belonio is continuing his quest to convert overlooked energy sources to ensure that families in many developing countries can prepare meals more cleanly and efficiently, at the least cost possible to the environment and to themselves."

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From The Christian Science Monitor

"Rice-powered stove ignites new hope for poor farmers"