Friday, 24 September 2010

Cleaner cooking

One of the announcements at MDG week that has caused murmurs of concern and slight surprise to ripple outwards through the humanitarian community is Hilary Clinton's cookstove initiative. No-one at all is suggesting that cleaner, healthier cooking facilities are a bad thing but humanitarian professionals and commentators have been mildly pointing out that this isn't a new idea and that the challenges faced in implementing this in the past have tended to be of a practical nature. It makes me wonder if they wouldn't be better off investing in a significantly lower-tech, more practical and probably-quite-a-lot-cheaper solution like the Wonderbag. Granted, it doesn't completely remove the undesirable smoke and fuel use (nor do 'clean cookstoves') but it reduces it a bunch and just seems so much more likely to succeed.

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