Improved cook stoves in Peru

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Wood is widely used as a cooking fuel in Peru, for all the stews and tasty dishes served to families each day. More than 55% of families still cook with wood.

Recent studies show that wood smoke is toxic not only to the cook but also their family. Wood smoke contains compounds that damage the respiratory system, resulting in diseases such as pneumonia. Young children are particularly vulnerable.

This project encourages the use of an improved stove. This stove emits less smoke and so prevents disease and environmental pollution, leading to cleaner air and improved health for families.

Practical Action is working with 700 coffee and rice farmers in the provinces of Jaen and San Ignacio in partnership with coffee co-operative CENFROCAFE and credit union APROCREDI.

Eloisa Abarca Lalangi is from San Ignacio in Cajamarca. Her improved stove was installed in September 2015. She is delighted with it because it uses far less wood and there is no more smoke in her kitchen. As part of the coffee producer’s co-operative she participated in a micro credit scheme to help pay for her stove.

FIDECOP - Innovation and development of portable cookstoves

This project aims to increase the use of improved cook stoves by using innovation, new production methods and better marketing to develop the market value chain. The aim is to stimulate the cook stove market for rural populations in Peru who use wood for cooking, and who currently only have access to poor quality stoves.

Where improved stoves are used, these are mostly built into the kitchen - only two of 35 certified stoves in Peru are portable. It is difficult to ensure a uniform quality of construction so stove performance may not be as good and they can be challenging to repair.

People who live in remote areas are hard to reach, so it is difficult for built-in stoves to be delivered at scale to these remote populations. This project therefore aims to stimulate the market for portable stoves.

The idea is to introduce three types of incentive into the portable cook stove market to try to increase the quality and variety of stoves available, to speed up the market uptake of improved stoves, by encouraging the growth of small businesses selling these stoves to rural customers.

The three incentives are:

  1. A cash prize in a competition to find the seven best-performing stoves. As part of the competition, all stoves will be tested at the national laboratory in four categories: efficiency, weight, safety and complementary uses.
  2. Vouchers to support entrepreneurs with the winning stoves to develop their businesses
  3. Incentives for companies that sell a minimum number of stoves.


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