Support to Mitigate Climate Change with Improved Cooking Stoves

Sep 1, 2016

I can now cook rice and Ugali in half the time it took before, which allows me more free time for other activities” says Fausta Sulembe, a resident of Gunyoda Village. She is one of sixty women and youth from Gunyoda village in Manyara, Tanzania who have recently benefitted from a UNDP-supported climate change project that included training on how to construct affordable and fuel efficient cooking stoves.


In line with the SDG 7 on Energy and SDG 13 on Climate Change, this training was designed to help improve energy efficiency through improved cooking techniques. Done in partnership with local Tanzanian NGO Environment and Health Tanzania (EHETA), the training intended to raise awareness and build the capacity of the village of Gunyoda on how to construct and use affordable and fuel efficient cooking stoves as a mitigation measure to climate change impacts.


A key benefit for the villagers is that the stoves are excellent value-for-money and the cost and time savings can be realized almost immediately. The stove requires only twenty-five locally produced bricks, at a cost of only 50 Tanzanian Shillings each (USD$0.02), and local labour costs to build.

The training is already helping to minimize consumption of fuel wood/charcoal which is serving to conserve the environment. The number of pieces of wood required is reduced and thus is a saving on cost also. The stove is a double burner so that two pots can be cooked at the same time, using the same amount of wood – as excess heat is transfer rather than wasted. This will have a great impact on the livelihood of the villagers, especially women, as they will have more time for other activities.


This UNDP-funded project is also helping achieving SDG 3 as there are also major health benefits of using the stove in that it produces substantially less smoke than the traditional three-stone fire which helps reduce chronic respiratory diseases and eye problems.


This project was implemented under the Capacity Development in The Energy Sector and Extractive Industries (CADESE) programme with support from the Ministry of Energy and Minerals of Tanzania. One of the key objectives of the project is to accelerate achievement of SDG 7 on Energy and the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative through a wider adoption of Rural Energy Technologies (RETs).


More about the project contact:

Mr. Abbas Kitogo, Programme Specialist (Energy and Climate Change)

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