EFP PROJECT: Wood Gas Stoves for Women involved in Cooking in the Rural Areas of Pakistan.

EFP Project ID: EFP-701

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Project Name
Solar Power Systems for Pakistan.
Funding Source
Grants & Donations Required
Project Area
Remote & Rural Areas of all the Provinces of Pakistan
Project Status
Approved by Advisory Board
Donor Agency
International Donor Agencies being contacted
Project Description
The Families living in rural areas of Pakistan require energy especially for cooking, lighting, water& space heating. In 99 % cases women are involved in cooking food In Pakistan.

The options available to women living in the rural areas for cooking are use of:

  • Kerosene oil
  • Direct Burning of forest Wood
  • Direct burning of dried cow/ buffalo dung
  • LPG cylinders

The use of kerosene oil & wood from trees is adversely affecting the personal health of women & environment by increasing pollution and Green House Gas emissions. Moreover, the use of kerosene oil and burning wood or dried cow /buffalo dung for cooking results in eyes, skin, and respiratory diseases. Due to limited supply of LPG in Pakistan especially in rural & remote areas, people are compelled to cut trees for the cooking needs or use kerosene oil.

The use of wood gas stoves would help to reduce the consumption of Kerosene oil, which is imported and is not available everywhere, or direct burning of wood by cutting forest trees and ultimately would reduce Green House Gas emissions to counter Climate Change & Global Warming. Moreover kerosene oil is not safe for health & very dangerous as it often catches fire & many women die every year during cooking in Pakistan and otehr under developed countries.

The Energy Foundation have Planned to supply 20000 to 50000 Wood Gas Stoves for cooking to the women, involved in cooking living in rural or remote areas of Pakistan, where pipeline gas or LPG cylinders are not available & to discourage the use of kerosene oil & cutting of forest trees for firewood. The Wood Gas Stoves would be imported through donations/ grants from International Donors. Later on they will be fabricated locally through foreign collaboration for the Sustainability of the Project.