Saturday, February 14, 2009

Fuel Efficient Stoves

In Darfur, Sudan, a shortage of cooking fuel is one of the major problems faced by women. Sources of firewood near the camps are practically nonexistent, and women often get attacked when they travel farther to find other fuels. An effective solution for this issue is improved woodstoves, affordable, and easy to use. The stove's high sides improves heat transfer, speeding up the cooking process, reducing indoor air pollution, and saving up precious cooking fuels. On the outskirts of Kassala, Sudan, 150 women have been taught how to use these stoves. Along with fuel-saving tips such as using dry wood or pre-soaking beans prior to cooking, the use of these stoves has cut fuel use in half, and reduced violence towards women.