More than 90% of Tanzanian households are still depending on firewood or charcoal for cooking. The overwhelming dependence on fuel for basic cooking needs is a major cause of poverty. It also causes health problems and leads to deforestation, soil degradation and climate change. We will provide the most vulnerable families with a solution which converts easily accessible biomass to cooking fuel, re-directs spending on charcoal into increased income, reduces deforestation and health hazard.
In developing countries like Tanzania families still depend on fuel for basic cooking needs. Recycling of agricultural waste into useful product is rarely practice. Traditional cook stoves impose a high toll on poor families' budget and also are a major course of environmental degradation. This attitude has also resulted to the health issues of the families cooking on the open fire like burns and intoxication with dangerous fumes.
This project will reach most vulnerable households in Tanzania. We will provide families with awareness programs and innovative devices that can convert biomass waste into cooking fuel. Beneficiaries will be trained on how to produce, promote and distribute the biomass briquettes. It will generate more income for families, re-direct spending on cooking fuel, avoid cutting down more forests for fuel wood, and ultimately promote health, well-being of families and safe environment.
1. Environment protection - The project will mitigate greenhouse gas emission through substituting traditional firewood & charcoal with biomass based briquettes. 2. Reduced deforestation - The project innovatively utilises the waste biomass to reduce the pressure on natural forests. 3. Creation of sustainable jobs & biomass briquette micro-enterprises 4. Positive social impact - time saved reduces the absence of children at school and tightens family ties
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).