Nearly two million people, mostly children, die each year because of smoke from cooking fires.
Many people in developing countries spend up to a third of their income on energy, most of which is for cooking.
Women spend a lot of time each day to collect firewood, walking several kilometers and carrying heavy wood.
About 80 % of the wood harvested in Africa is used for cooking and heating in rural areas.
Many areas in sub-saharan Africa are affected by fuel wood shortage.
Vast amount of human energy and time are spent each day in the search for fuelwood to meet household requirements
This useful time could be spent on child care, education or income generation. Reducing the amount of firewood used through simple affordable technology, such as more efficient stoves, is vital.
More efficient stoves can reduce the amount of fuel used.
Improved cook stoves can save up to 50 % of the fuelwood consumed by traditional 'three-stones' cooking technique. It reduces deforestation, expenditure on fuelwood, and smoke in the kitchen. Cooking is fast and safe.
Simple, low-cost solutions to deadly indoor air pollution are available, including chimney stoves, smoke hoods, switching to cleaner fuels and improved ventilation.
Improved, clean stoves can halve the numbers of deaths from indoor air pollution, and reduce the discriminated practice of deforestation.
Many poor people living in cities depend on wood and charcoal for fuel, which contributes to both air pollution and deforestation.
Many poor people living in cities in the developing world are still dependent on traditional fuels (wood and charcoal) for their principal energy needs.
Large concentrated populations draw significantly on scarce natural resources, most acutely in the areas surrounding the population centre.