Cooking on an open fire has a long traditionCooking on an open fire has a long traditionSolar and energy-saving cooking

ADES is committed to energy efficient cooking in Madagascar. The population and the environment are the beneficiaries.

Women carry wood home for cookingWomen carry wood home for cookingThe population of Madagascar has, for generations, cooked its meals on a wood fire. A Madagascan family uses 330kg of wood and 90kg of charcoal per month. That does not have to be so. There is an abundance of sunshine, especially in the south.


The use of energy efficient cookers benefits both the population and the environment:

  • Coal and charcoal usage drops by about a half and, as a result, energy costs are reduced by about 20% of the minimum wage.
  • The costs of a solar cooker are amortised in 5 to 6 months. For an energy-saving cooker the amortisation period is about two months.
  • Solar cooking emits no damaging fumes and they are reduced to a minimum with an energy-saving cooker. The dust particles emitted by wood smoke are responsible for 12.700 premature deaths per annum in Madagascar alone.
  • Where energy-saving cookers are used, women and children need to spend far less time collecting wood and by the fire. The dangers related to these activities are correspondingly reduced.
  • Deforestation and erosion are reduced and the environmental basis for people, plants and animals protected.
  • The use of solar and energy-saving cookers reduces the risks of injury and fire.
  • Energy efficient cooking methods reduce the average annual CO2 emissions per household by 3 tonnes.

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