On 16 March 2017, Winrock International and the U.S. EPA hosted a webinar titled "Cookstoves for Productive Uses". In the cookstove sector, much attention is appropriately paid to household-level cooking. But open fires and rudimentary biomass cookstoves are also widely used for entrepreneurial activities.
Cleaner and more efficient cookstoves for these commercial applications can result in improved working conditions, higher profit margins, better quality products, and reduced environmental impacts.
The webinar featured Julie Gaston from Initiative Développement, Adam Creighton from Institutional Stove Solutions (InStove) and Benedicta Avega from SNV. Benedicta shared a case study from a cookstoves project for productive use in Ghana: the USAID-funded Sustainable Fisheries Management Project.
As part of this project, together with our partners, we developed and introduced an improved fish smoking stove called Ahotor Oven. This stove uses less wood than the technologies commonly used for fish smoking and the smoked fish contains less unhealthy substances.
The full webinar recording can be found here.