ADES solar and efficient stoves in Madagascar
Demand for wood to burn and for making charcoal is driving deforestation on the biodiverse jungle island –
especially as the population increases. And the deforestation and burning of biomass is contributing to climate
The project – which includes input and feedback from the communities to develop and enhance products oriented
toward them – not only taps the key role of women in adopting and spreading use of solar and efficient cook
stoves, but also aims for long-term change in building sustainable Madagascan societies.
Helping the planet
ADES’ distribution of solar and efficient cook stoves reduces greenhouse gas emissions by preventing deforestation and burning of biomass. It also protects forests on Madagascar, a biodiversity hotspot with a tremendous number of plant and animal species found nowhere else on the planet. Conserving forests also prevents erosion, and enhances freshwater quality and quantity.
Households with solar and efficient stoves save money in the long run – up to 55 per cent on fuel expenses – helping to alleviate poverty. Women and children also spend less time gathering wood, giving them more time to devote to education or business ventures. Solar and efficient stoves also result in cleaner kitchens and better indoor air quality, as smoke is greatly reduced.
The project started in southwest Madagascar, but due to great demand in other regions, is now nationwide in scope. “ADES solar and efficient stoves in Madagascar” intends to double its reach over the next seven years, improving cooking conditions for nearly 300,000 people in Madagascar. Its ultimate vision is for every Madagascan household to use a combination of solar and efficient cook stoves.
The partnership has potential for replication in other, similar countries, particularly those with a large number of sunny days per year and a set of traditional dishes that can be adapted to solar cooking.
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