E1. Introduction/rollout of energy saving cooking stoves; trials of low cost biogas plants.
Farmers will be supported to take up, test, and evaluate a range of renewable energy technologies, including energy saving cooking stoves, and low cost biogas plants. Poor natural resource management combined with the physical effects of climate change have depleted forest resources, meaning women must walk long distances to collect firewood. Energy saving stoves can reduce the amount of wood needed to cook, and thereby reduce pressure on forest resources, while saving women time and effort, and reducing harmful smoke in the household. Biogas digesters convert biomass, particularly animal dung which is readily available and currently little used, into a gas that can fuel cooking stoves. A bi-product of the biogas digester is a ready-to-use nutrient-rich manure slurry, a natural soil fertiliser.