Almost 3 billion people around the world cook on open fires and traditional stoves. And it is women and children in particular who suffer most from the resulting negative effects: indoor air pollution causes serious respiratory illnesses, looking for wood in remote areas puts women's lives at risk and the time spent on such activities reduces the time that could be spent on education and social activities.

But there is hope! Improved Cookstoves (ICS) that burn biomass fuels in a cleaner and more efficient manner are being developed and are increasingly becoming available. And the market potential for ICS in developing countries is estimated at 580 million. The cookstoves reflect economic and sociocultural factors and range from artisanal-produced clay and metal stoves to factory-produced gasifier stoves. They can also be used by institutions and businesses for large-scale production. At SNV we develop sustainable markets that ensure access to such cookstoves for low-income people and businesses at the Base of the Pyramid.

By the end of 2015 we had helped install or distribute almost 300,000 stoves, improving the lives of 1.5 million people. In 2014 we were also involved in the launch of the Dutch Spark for Clean Cooking Solutions, an alliance of Netherlands-based public, business, climate, finance, development and research partners, all dedicated to bringing clean cookstoves to 50 million+ people in developing countries.

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