Christine Lagat NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya
has challenged women in the country to adopt usage of clean
cookstoves in order to reduce significantly the loss of lives as
a result of air pollution.
President Spouse Rachel Ruto noted that 80 percent of
Kenyans are dependent on food cooked using fuels
resulting in significant household pollution.
appreciate the value of clean cook stoves, we probably
need to take a glimpse of fuel input into cooking
efforts and the concomitant pollution levels. I am
delighted to note achievement of enabling women in
developing world in general and Kenya in particularly,
to go about their cooking chore in a clean
environment,” Rachel said.
was speaking on Tuesday night during the official launch
of the Resource Guide on Scaling up Adoption of Clean
Cooking Solutions through women empowerment at an event
hosted by the Organization of the National Clean
Cookstoves and Fuel Conference.
East Africa, the simple act of cooking at home poses a
great danger to many household that still use open fires
or rudimentary and inefficient cookstoves, yet clean and
efficient household cooking solutions could save lives,
empower women and combat climate change by creating a
thriving global market.
cookstoves products already serve a large market in
households in East Africa, where between 60 and 95
percent of people, which varies by country, use solid
from their recorded efficiency and reduced amount of
smoke and indoor air pollution, their wider social
benefits include less pressure on forest and energy
(Xinhua) -- An artisan (R) demonstrates an
energy stove to a delegate during an exhibition in
Nairobi, capital of Kenya, Feb. 4, 2014. The CCAK
alliance has announced more than 3 million US Dollars in
grants and loans for entrepreneurs and and significant
progress, in the process to advance new World Health
Organization (WHO) indoor air quality guidelines. Xinhua
PHOTO: Charles Onyango
key feature of any improved cookstove over a traditional stove
is the use of an insulating material such as clay or mud to
conserve heat and make it more efficient.
challenged women in the country to adopt usage of clean cook
stoves in order to reduce significantly loss of lives as a
result of air pollution.
noted that 80 percent of Kenyans are dependent on food cooked
using fuels resulting in significant household pollution.
said 8 million households are subjected to air pollution thus
resulting in reported 15,000 deaths per year, saying such
situation must be reversed forthwith.
added that the most inspiring achievement is the attainment of a
technology that enables women to meet the nutritional needs of
her family through cooking while at the same time conserving her
the efficiency levels of this technology enable the women to
prepare food at minimal cost and within the shortest time
possible thus committing the saved time to other social,
economic and political development endeavors,” she added.
lauded the Global Alliance for Clean Cook stoves for identified
Kenya to be one of its priority countries to benefit from the
adoption of the technology will, no doubt contribute immensely
to realization of goals of the social and economic pillars of
our country’s Vision 2030 and Millennium Development Goals
on women empowerment,” she said.
during the occasion, President of the UN Foundation Kathy Kalvin
urged women to adopt the new technology as one way of enabling
them tackle the many challenges facing them.
black carbon emissions by, for example, replacing inefficient
cookstoves and traditional brick kilns with more efficient ones,
also cuts fuel costs for households and kiln operators.
efficient cookstoves are already being introduced in many parts
of the world, including West Africa, China and India.
pledges support for entrepreneurship in clean cook stoves
(Xinhua) -- Kenya
established a robust policy and regulatory environment to spur
investments in development and supply of clean cook Stoves,
senior government officials said on Tuesday
Secretary for Environment Judi Wakhungu reaffirmed the
government’s support towards a vibrant cook stove market in
order to catalyze a low carbon transition in the country.
are a novel innovation that has minimized use of carbon
emitting fuels to ensure communities live in clean and healthy
environments,” Wakhungu said in Nairobi during a national
conference to explore innovative mechanisms to scale up
adoption of clean cook stoves in Kenyan households.
government has forged links with the private sector and
grassroots organizations to develop a national action plan to
ensure 5 million people use clean cook stoves by 2020.
noted that Kenya has a vibrant market for cleaner cook stoves
thanks to policy and regulatory incentives alongside higher
levels of awareness among communities on the hazards of dirty
Chairman, Clean Cook Stoves Association of Kenya, Jechoniah
Kitala noted that Kenya is on course to achieve the universal
target of households using energy efficient cooking devices.