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A ceramic cookstove saves fuel in Myanmar
FAO/19763/G. Bizzarri

Improving the fuel-efficiency of the household cookstove can reduce the strain on local forest resources. In some developing countries, up to 80 percent of the wood produced is used for fuel. In Myanmar, for example, almost all of its wood fuel is used for domestic home cooking. When a new ceramic cookstove was tested in several of the country's rural communities, results indicated that families using the stove could cut their consumption of wood fuel by more than 40 percent.

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