letter from the ceo
“Just a few years ago, it would have been hard to imagine the tremendous progress being made across the clean cooking sector. We’ve come a long way. Now is the time to accelerate market development with greater grants and investment.”

Sector Results and Market Trends

Each year, the Alliance invites organizations working in the sector to share their annual sales and distribution numbers. This self-reported data is compiled and used to model sector progress toward increasing access to and adoption of cleaner, more efficient cookstoves and fuels. Based on results reported by partners this year and careful analyses of the trends in available data, an estimated 37 million stoves and fuels were distributed in 2016, of which 30.8 million (83%) were clean and/or efficient. Cumulatively, an estimated 116 million stoves and fuels, including 80.9 million clean and/or efficient, have been distributed since 2010.

 
“I have company while I cook.”

In Jocotenango, Guatemala, Rosa de Sapeta’s family used to avoid her smoke-filled kitchen until she replaced her open fire with a cleaner burning cookstove.

This image and quote were featured in National Geographic’s September issue as part of a photo essay highlighting clean cooking and the Alliance’s work.

PHOTO BY LYNN JOHNSON, RIPPLE EFFECTS IMAGES

Global Highlights

The clean cooking sector continued to see strong progress: with new investments and friendlier policies that fuel sector growth, new governments and actors engaging on the issue, and new programs that drive awareness, affordability, and adoption. While much work remains, the Alliance and its hundreds of partners are making tremendous strides as we work toward universal adoption of clean cooking.

DRIVING AWARENESS, AFFORDABILITY, and ADOPTION

IMPROVING MATERNAL AND INFANT HEALTH THROUGH CLEAN COOKING

Inspiring families to adopt clean cooking

Focusing global media attention on clean cooking

Boosting access to cooking fuel through pay-as-you-go tech

Shopping for stoves made easier in Guatemala

FUELING GROWTH THROUGH INVESTMENT,
PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT, AND POLICY CHANGE

Continuing investment in the sector

Bridging the funding gap with Spark+

Improving stove performance through standards

Supporting women energy entrepreneurs

Phasing out charcoal use in Tanzania’s government facilities

Supporting renewable energy access in Uganda

CROWDING IN NEW ACTORS

Transforming climate plans into action

Prioritizing clean cooking in Nepal

Improving energy access in humanitarian settings

Reducing fuelwood use in Guatemala

LEADING NEW INTEGRATED PARTNERSHIPS

Creating a strategy for cleaner cooking in Haiti

DRIVING AWARENESS, AFFORDABILITY, AND ADOPTION

IMPROVING MATERNAL AND INFANT HEALTH THROUGH CLEAN COOKING

Inspiring families to adopt clean cooking

Focusing global media attention on clean cooking

Boosting access to cooking fuel through pay-as-you-go tech

Shopping for stoves made easier in Guatemala

FUELING GROWTH THROUGH INVESTMENT,
PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT, AND POLICY CHANGE

Continuing investment in the sector

Bridging the funding gap with Spark+

Improving stove performance through standards

Supporting women energy entrepreneurs

Phasing out charcoal use in Tanzania’s government facilities

Supporting renewable energy access in Uganda

CROWDING IN NEW ACTORS

Transforming climate plans into action

Prioritizing clean cooking in Nepal

Improving energy access in humanitarian settings

Reducing fuelwood use in Guatemala

LEADING NEW INTEGRATED PARTNERSHIPS

Creating a strategy for cleaner cooking in Haiti

 
“Cooking can be nutritious, healthy, and smoke free.”

On the set of the clean cooking-focused television program Shamba Chef, Kenyan celebrity chef Damaris Matunda demonstrates one of her delicious, nutritious recipes. The Alliance launched Shamba Chef this year as part of its global behavior change communications programs to drive demand and use of cleaner, more efficient cookstoves and fuels. Shamba Chef has become the most popular program during its Sunday time-slot in Kenya.

With more than 600 attendees from 57 countries, the Clean Cooking Forum 2017 took place in New Delhi, India this October under the theme Driving Demand, Delivering Impact. The three-day event, which was the largest Forum to date, featured nearly 40 engaging plenary and panel discussions, an expo featuring stoves and fuels from 28 enterprises, numerous networking opportunities, and two days of site visits to households and communities using solar, gas, and biomass for their cooking needs.
THE FORUM IN NUMBERS
 
“A lot more people are using gas for cooking now, which is good for health and the air, and also for my job and my family.”

As one of a team of 20 sales agents, Narendra Mathur said he travels about 2-3 km per day delivering 10-15 cooking gas cannisters, which customers order by phone.

Clean Cooking Champions

Alliance Champions — members of the Leadership and Advisory Councils, Chef Corps, and Ambassadors — include nationally and internationally-influential individuals from the fields of development, philanthropy, culinary, and government, working to raise awareness of household air pollution and promote a market-based approach for the adoption of clean cooking solutions. Here we showcase a few of the highlights from a small selection of our champion’ work this year:

DONORS
The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is grateful for the generous financial and in-kind support of our donors.

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