Cooking
1.5 million people die each year from lung diseases resulting from the burning of solid fuels including wood coal and agriculturalresidues. This is more than the number of people who die each year from malaria (WHO). Across the world people living in poverty use open fires, however these generate high levels of smoke. The incomplete combustion of the biomass also leads to the formation of products such as carbon monoxide, soot and poly aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH’s). This causes severe health problems to the users are generated, with children coughing and women who do the majority of the cooking ending up with lung diseases.

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Fig.1 Chala Stove, India

As well as health impacts the use of wood for cooking has severe consequences on deforestation leading to environmental impacts. This is of particular concern in relief situations where IDP camps are overpopulated and a competition for fuel between locals and camp members results in very quickly depleted forests.
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Fig.2 Blue Wave Ethanol Stove, Malawi

Improved cooking methods aim to reduce levels of smoke produced and wood consumed. This can be achieved by using simple stove designs such as the Chula stove which is an ImprovedcookstovesinIndia (Fig.1). This achieved by ImprovedCookStove with better heat transfer, which allows for less fuel to be consumed and faster cooking times.
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Fig.3 Solar Cooker, India

Other models try to move away from biomass as the main source of fuel entirely. In Malawi for example the TheSuperBluStove has been trailed which runs on ethanol (Fig.2). This uses a renewable energy, biofuel and so helps prevent deforestation. Other examples of renewable energy cooking methods include SolarCookers (Fig.3)and Biogas stoves.

Some of the Articles on Various Cooking Practices:



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The Preferred Stove for the Preferred woman: The Roumdé Story in Burkina Faso
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Using carbon finance to introduce LPG stoves into Northern Darfur, Sudan
Boiling Point articles
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Energy Consumption in the Residential sector in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan
Boiling Point articles
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The Off-Fire Reboiling Pot: Improvement to Cooking Pot Design Contributes to Eco-protection
Boiling Point articles
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Interview with Ron Bills, Chairman and CEO of Envirofit
Boiling Point articles
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Interview with Abser Kamal, Acting Managing Director of Grameen Shakti
Boiling Point articles
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Helpline: Expert Response from Pradeep Pursnani
Boiling Point articles
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Marketing Toolkit: Extract from the Cooking Energy Compendium
Boiling Point articles
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GTZ News
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"Miha" Institutional Stove - Kenya
Boiling Point articles
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