Magazine article New Internationalist

Cleaner Cooking in India

Magazine article New Internationalist

Cleaner Cooking in India

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Sometimes small innovations make a big impact. Like introducing a fuelefficient stove in drought-prone rural areas. That's the brainchild of the non-governmental organization Grass Roots Action for Social Participation (GRASP) based in Maharashtra, India.

The stove, which can even be bought on credit, is already popular - and fuel and wood consumption has halved in areas using it.

Powered by an electric fan and using a six-volt rechargeable battery, the stove has proven particularly useful in areas where the supply of wood and natural resources is diminishing, and was conceived as an alternative to the indigenous chullha.

Yugandhar Mandavkar, founder of GRASP, observes: 'As the population grows and land becomes more fragmented, the community woodlots are encroached for farming or food production, which reduces the availability of fodder and fuel, especially for the poor. We hope that use of this stove will ease the pressure on women, through saving time in the collection of firewood, and reduce the cutting [down] of trees. …

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