The EFTA Climate Justice Fund will support KCU to produce and distribute energy-efficient clay cooking stoves, which could minimize wood consumption and reduce the exposure of women to strong smoke emissions.
Currently about 3.0 billion people in developing countries rely on biomass fuel (including wood, charcoal, tree leaves, crop residue, cow dung etc.) for household purposes (IARC – WHO, 2020). On top of the impacts on health due to the exposure to smoke, the inefficient use of biomass has undoubtedly been a major cause of deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions.
The usage of better stoves will lead to a lower tree-cutting rate; furthermore, women of the communities will establish and maintain tree nurseries, that will ensure the availability of seedlings for planting as a mitigation to tree-cutting.