Saving energy and labour

Making chapatis on an improved cookstove in India
FAO/10757 /A. Wolstad

The need for improved cookstoves has become acute in many developing countries, where large-scale environmental degradation and the loss of sustainable energy sources has created a severe energy crisis. When wood fuel is in short supply, other organic materials are often burned for cooking, including cow dung, dry leaves and other crop residues. These materials could be used more profitably to enrich the soil. Stoves that are more energy-efficient also reduce the amount of time local women spend gathering wood fuel.

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