New tech stoves save wood fuel

By Helmut Raehlmann and Philippe Simonis

Majority of the Ugandans use the traditional three-stone-open fire in poorly ventilated kitchens, which leads to high levels of indoor air pollution.

A recent study show that the population heavily relies on biomass (firewood, charcoal and crop residues) as a source of energy, which constitutes over 90% of the energy consumption.

Smoke exposure affects mainly women, and children who are exposed when they are carried on their mother's backs during cooking.

To reduce exposure to indoor air pollution with the support of the German Technical Cooperation, the energy efficient Rocket Lorena Stove was designed by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development and is disseminated by Integrated Rural Development Initiatives (IRDI).

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