Relief International has been working for more than a decade to create safer, more efficient cooking methods in Ghana. In partnership with ClimateCare, RI has introduced the Gyapa cookstove as an alternative to traditional cookstoves or open fires.
Traditional cooking methods and the toxic fumes they emit can be blamed for 4 million premature deaths a year, according to the 2010 Global Burden of Disease Study. Women and children are the most affected group. The Gyapa cookstove produces less smoke than traditional methods. It also cooks food more quickly and uses 50% less fuel.
In addition to offering families a healthier, less expensive way of cooking, this more efficient stove also eases the burden on Ghana’s dwindling forests. More than 830,000 Gyapa stoves have been sold across Ghana, saving an estimated 2 million tons of CO2 emissions.
In keeping with the RI Way, the Gyapa stove also helps strengthen economic opportunity by keeping production local. Producing the stoves requires highly skilled ceramists and metal artisans, who are trained then assured stable employment for their skills. More than 13,000 stoves are produced and sold each month by more than 350 manufacturers. More than 500 local retailers benefit from selling the Gyapa stove.