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Improved cookstoves prevent deforestation

by Zahana
Improved cookstoves prevent deforestation
Improved cookstoves prevent deforestation
Improved cookstoves prevent deforestation
Improved cookstoves prevent deforestation
Improved cookstoves prevent deforestation
Improved cookstoves prevent deforestation
Improved cookstoves prevent deforestation
Improved cookstoves prevent deforestation
Improved cookstoves prevent deforestation
Improved cookstoves prevent deforestation
Improved cookstoves prevent deforestation
Improved cookstoves prevent deforestation
Improved cookstoves prevent deforestation
Improved cookstoves prevent deforestation
Improved cookstoves prevent deforestation
Improved cookstoves prevent deforestation
Improved cookstoves prevent deforestation
Improved cookstoves prevent deforestation
Improved cookstoves prevent deforestation
Improved cookstoves prevent deforestation
Improved cookstoves prevent deforestation
Improved cookstoves prevent deforestation
Improved cookstoves prevent deforestation
Improved cookstoves prevent deforestation
Improved cookstoves prevent deforestation
Improved cookstoves prevent deforestation

Summary

1. Empower people to make their own improved cookstove using only locally available materials 2. Teach bio-charcoal production from renewable sources 3. A commitment to plant trees to counteract deforestation. This is the core of our hands-on comprehensive community workshop approach. Our research shows: our model of improved cookstoves reduce the need for fuel up to 75%. Our goal: Every household in our villages (and beyond) uses improved cookstoves, ideally with locally made bio-charcoal.

$35,000
total goal
$32,961
remaining
13
donors
1
monthly donor
3
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Challenge

The majority of kitchens in Madagascar, rural areas and cities alike, use cookstoves to prepare their meals. Traditionally they use firewood, in urban areas charcoal. With a rapidly growing population, the immense need for firewood and/or charcoal is a major contributing factor to deforestation. Indoor air pollution from open cooking fires is a public health threat, especially for children and women. Charcoal burns almost smoke free and alternative carbon sources to wood are urgently needed.

Solution

Making your improved cookstove by hand, with your cooking pot as a mold, uses only locally available materials. Nothing needs to be bought from outside. How to make your improved cookstove is taught in hands-on community workshops. Learning how to make hand-made bio-charcoal from renewable resources, such as grass or rice husks, is taught in tandem. A pre-requisite to participate is the commitment to plant trees, with seedlings provided by the Zahana gardeners of our reforestation effort.

Long-Term Impact

Improved cookstoves reduce the need for fuel by 75% and using bio-charcoal almost eliminates indoor smoke. Grass, charcoal's preferred carbon source, becomes a valuable commodity, so villagers will not burn it in brush fires anymore, which in turn protects reforestation's young trees. Zahana's reputation already generated requests from neighboring villages for this 3-step approach: cookstove, bio-charcoal and reforestation. Funding provided, this can be scaled up regionally, even nationally.

Resources

https:/​/​zahana.org
Eco pellets to stop Madagascar's deforestation
Infomation about cookstoves in Madagascar
Cooking rice is at the heart of Malagasy culture
Amy Smith: Simple designs to save a life Ted2006

Organization Information

Zahana

Location: Antananarivo, Capital - Madagascar
Website:
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Twitter: @zahana
Project Leader:
Markus Faigle
Volunteer
Antananarivo, Capital Madagascar
$2,039 raised of $35,000 goal
 
18 donations
$32,961 to go
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