Their Partners represent a wide range of public and private sector organizations, including governments, international non-profit organizations, and universities that are committed to reducing the health and environmental risks for the more than 3 billion people who burn coal and biomass for cooking and heating.

Over the past 7 years, PCIA Partners have manufactured and distributed approximately 2.4 million cleaner, more efficient cooking technologies and fuels; helping more than 18 million people reduce their exposure to harmful pollutants from cooking smoke. Partners are using unique and innovative strategies to raise public awareness, improve technology performance, develop commercial markets, and evaluate program impact. Read below about some of the contributions their newest Partners are making.

The Peru Ministry of the Environment, created just over a year ago, recognized the impact that poorly-designed cook stoves were having on rural populations in the Andean highlands and on their environment in the form of greenhouse gases, dioxin, and furan emissions. They joined the Partnership not long after this discovery to take part in the global effort to reduce health and environmental risks from indoor heating and cooking practices. Today, they are helping Andean community members implement improved cook stoves, teaching them about how smoke affects their health and the environment.

The International Lifeline Fund, dedicated to "reducing human suffering through programs and activities that generate the greatest possible impact at the lowest possible cost," began implementing fuel-efficient stove programs in 2006 in Uganda, Darfur, Kenya and Tanzania. Provided mostly to refugees, the International Lifeline Fund's programs have resulted in more than 30,000 improved stoves for Ugandan, Sudanese, Burundese and Somali refugees in camps with dire wood shortages. With the time refugees save collecting wood, they are able to learn marketable skills to improve their livelihoods.

Zamorano University, prides itself on developing leaders of its diverse student body, students representing more than 23 nations in total, through education, hands-on learning, values and character development, and applied research and outreach activities. Based in Honduras, Zamorano recently initiated an Improved Stoves Certification Center to evaluate cook stoves' efficiency, potential environmental and health impacts, and other measures. In addition to technical monitoring, Zamorano students monitor the social, cultural, and socio-economic impacts of cook stoves. In time, they hope to become a Regional Evaluation Center for improved stoves in Latin America.

Learn About Other New Partners!

Below are other Partners that have recently joined the Partnership. Explore all Partner Profiles at
  • Servals Automation Private Limited: a private industry organization that manufactures plant oil stoves, biomass stoves, kerosene stoves, and kerosene burners.
  • Envirofit: is an NGO with an enterprise-approach to solving health, environmental, and economic problems in developing countries.
  • RTI International: is an NGO addressing international development and also focusing on social services, engineering and environmental health.

For more information go to:


Brenda Doroski
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Washington, D.C.
Tel: 202-343-9764
Fax: 202-343-2393
E-mail: doroski.brenda at

John Mitchell
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Washington, D.C.
Tel: 202-343-9031
Fax: 202-343-2393
E-mail: mitchell.john at

Elisa Derby
Winrock International
Boston, MA
Tel: 617-524-0466
Fax: 612-233-2394
E-mail: ederby at