Country: Côte d’Ivoire
In Côte d’Ivoire, Beyond Beans aims to stimulate the commercial distribution of improved cookstoves to support forest conservation and the livelihoods of farming communities. These stoves significantly decrease household air pollution, help households save on fuel expenditure, and they reduced time spent collecting firewood, especially in instances of child labour. The project, known as ProcarBOOH (Booh means ‘forest’ in Boualé), can help families save up to 40% on fuel expenses.
Growing urbanisation is increasing pressure on forest areas, and smallholder cocoa farmers rely almost exclusively on firewood for cooking. Aside from leading to deforestation, the collection of firewood is usually done by children, often girls, and hours of cooking over open fires also leads to high levels of household air pollution, which is reduced by 70% when using these energy-efficient stoves.
You can read more about the ProcarBOOH clean cookstoves project in our Notes from the Field.