The Terai Arc Landscape Project (TAL) - Improved Cooking Stoves
More energy from less firewood
Biogas is a sought-after cooking fuel in the Terai, but many families cannot afford to install a biogas system, even though a part of the total cost is subsidised. Luckily, there is another alternative: an improved cooking stove is subsidised by the government.
An improved cooking stove is a more effective and healthy way of using firewood compared to traditional stoves. "An improved cooking stove saves 20-30% of firewood. It also makes cooking faster", says Kala Kanda Devi Rana, the local resource person for improved cooking stoves in the Kasarol village at Jhalari.
Another advantage of improved cooking stoves is the chimney that leads the smoke out of the kitchen, saving women and children from respiratory diseases that often go hand in hand with the traditional way of cooking.
In addition, the stoves can up to 1 metric tones of firewood annually compare to a traditional one. Improved cooking stoves are the choice of hundreds of households that do not have cattle to produce manure needed for a biogas plant, or that do not have enough money to install a biogas plant.
During the past year, Rana has made improved cooking stoves for 20 households. Before that, she attended a 5-day training organized by the TAL project to learn how to manufacture them, and has also received some tools, rods, and pipes needed for this task.