Improved Stoves in Mali
Problems of degradation of wooded areas are especially acute in Mali, where combating desertification is a national priority, as are the search for food self-sufficiency and combating poverty.
Katene made plans in 2007 to secure carbon finance with a view to a major expansion effort that would allow the SEWA stove to be sold at affordable prices to poor customers.
The project will reduce greenhouse emissions by dissemination of fuel-efficient charcoal stoves. The improved charcoal stove (SEWA stove) reduces fuel consumption by introduction of a ceramic liner that increases combustion efficiency and retains heat.
While we are confident the SEWA stoves in Mali significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, they simultaneously provide co-benefits to users and families in the form of relief from high fuel costs (approximately 219kg of charcoal are saved annually per household using an improved SEWA stove), reduced exposure to health-damaging airborne pollutants, faster cooking (resulting in time-savings), and increased cleanliness and convenience.
Greatest positive impacts:
Air Quality: Mothers and children will be exposed to fewer hazardous air pollutants through reduced emissions of carbon monoxide and fine particulate matter.
Livelihood for the poor: Livelihood circumstances will be improved since the improved stoves reduce fuel costs.
Other positive impacts:
Biodiversity: Biodiversity will be improved through the stove program reducing pressure on remaining forest reserves.
Employment: The improved stoves give rise to employment opportunities for enterprises manufacturing, distributing, retailing, and maintaining the stoves (though this may be offset by reduced employment for charcoal makers and sellers).