BURN EFFICIENT COOKSTOVES
Decreased deforestation through
efficient cooking stoves
alle Regionen, KENYA
BURN is creating a world where all families will have clean, safe, and affordable cooking options.
Since 2013, more than 800,000 energy-efficient stoves have been distributed to families in East Africa. With this type of cooking stove, an enormous amount of firewood can be saved and CO2 avoided. Independent laboratory tests have shown that these stoves are the most fuel-efficient biomass stoves in Africa and produce emission reductions of up to 4.46 tons of CO2 per stove per year. Another independent study by UC Berkeley and the University of Chicago rated this energy-efficient cooking oven the best household investment in Kenya.
BURN is the largest manufacturer of energy efficient cooking stoves in Africa and produces all of its stoves in SSA's first and only modern cooker production facility in Kenya. This supports economic development in the region and contributes significantly to the creation of local jobs.
The 50,000 square foot facility employs more than 400 people - more than half of them are women - and produces an oven every 40 seconds. Other cookers in a similar efficiency range are usually imported from China or elsewhere.
Institutional cooking stoves for schooles
This project also helps children attend school and get a full meal. The Mayankho stove can feed 540 children with one meal and uses less fuel, produces less smoke and cooks faster. The oven design also reduces the risk of the pot falling and scalding or burning the cooks - a problem with the traditional three-stone fire oven.
More than 3 million camels due to climate change
Particularly the northwest of Kenya, the border area to Ethiopia has been suffering for some time under the concomitants of climate change. Weather records show that average annual temperatures have risen by about 3 ° C from 1967 to today. The long rainy season is getting shorter and drier, and the short rainy season is getting longer and wetter. Pasture lands are shrinking, sinking water levels of inland lakes and ponds, dying fish populations are making life difficult for the approximately 1.2 million people living in the area.
Bringing water home is the job of women and girls who sometimes have to walk long distances. Sick children due to insufficient food and lack of clean drinking water.
Cattle, traditionally the pride of indigenous families, are now almost a rarity in northern Kenya. Camels, on the other hand, are now many. This is due to the dust-dry soil, which hardly produces plants. No pasture and no more water for cattle. The camels are fed with prickly acacia. In Kenya, money for cattle is left to white farmers, who run luxurious tourist lodge parallel to their farms.
From the, in the eyes of Kenyans, once poorer cattle alternative, camel has become but almost a success story. In contrast to the cows, which need an extremely high amount of water, camels can endure long periods of drought and still produce more nutritious camel milk compared to cow's milk. During periods of drought, only about 15 percent of the animals die. Herds of cows were nearly killed up to 80 percent. For a calf, the breeders got about 180 euros, for a camel almost three times as much.
Nevertheless, Kenya is dependent on the support of the industrialized nations for measures to adapt to climate change, since these are also the main causes of climate-damaging greenhouse gases. The same is true of Pope Francis, who symbolically planted a tree on his visit to Nairobi in 2015 on the UN site.
Planting a tree is first and foremost an invitation to continue fighting against phenomena such as the discharge and desertification. It reminds us of the importance of protecting and responsibly managing those lungs of the planet rich in biodiversity.