Petit pays, huge projects in Cape Verde
Every tourist coming back from Cape Verde would paint a picture of enchanted islands bathed in turquoise water. From the rugged landscape of Fogo to lush forests, the country has a rich natural diversity.
StovePlus is not so much interested in knowing where the best beaches are but what the cooking solutions are for the local population.
About 36% of the population uses solid fuels and especially in rural areas where most households are still cooking with 3-stone fire.
In urban areas, cooking is different; Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) is widely used. It must be said that for the past two decades, the promotion of LPG use has been widespread in Cape Verde and, blatantly, it bore fruit since LGP is now the most widely used fuel in the country.
Increasing prices of LPG, however, has lead people to look for alternatives, mostly firewood which is still used in abundance in rural areas.
How StovePlus can help
StovePlus Africa, on the request of ECREEE and the Ministry of Energy (MoE), will conduct an improved cookstove preliminary assessment of the cooking energy value chain in Cape Verde. Within this scope, the StovePlus Africa team conducted an exploratory mission into the archipelago between the 7th and the 14th of January, 2015.
The specific objectives of the study include:
- Providing a baseline on the clean cooking environment in Cape Verde through a brief market observation and review of past programs;
- Understanding the needs of the targeted end-users;
- Proposing possible scenarios to establish and to sustain a vibrant clean cooking technology market;
- Assessing the possibility of establishing a testing center with the assistance of the MoE.
The overall objective of the assignment is to propose a pathway for the introduction of specific improved cookstoves (ICS) in Cape Verde in order to contribute to achieving ECOWAS’ regional objective of providing access to clean, safe, efficient and affordable and sustainable cooking energy for the entire ECOWAS population by 2030.