IMPROVED COOKING STOVES (ICS) PROJECT
This project funded by NAFA, involved trialling the use of 90 ICS (improved cooking stoves) in 8 villages in the Tawal area. Thirty-five householders in 8 villages, representing 90% of householders who had installed ICS as at late November 2014, were interviewed.
The main findings are:
- Twenty of the 35 respondents reported receiving training in use of the ICS
- The ICS is used exclusively by 57% of householders; while others use both the ICS and a traditional stove, mostly to make food for cattle.
- The reported advantages of the ICS are:
- wood use reduced by 30 – 50%
- improved cooking efficiency
- better health status, improved safety, improved household environment
- Problems associated with the ICS:
- Difficulty in lighting the fire and heating up the combustion chamber
- Problems with chimney
- Difficulty in cooking ‘dhindo’ (millet porridge)
- Strategies to address difficulties
- Consider paying installers an additional 200 rupees ($2.50 approx) per stove to encourage full time efforts to roll out installation of stoves at a faster rate.
- Further instruction needed on stove operation and kitchen management.