Cookstove Mali

Within the scope of the ICCO project, StovePlus  Africa has launched baseline assessments at the end of October and at the beginning of November in two centers of Karité butter production in Mali. They allow the team to analyze the context in relation to cookstoves usage. They are gathering essential data that favors the development of improved cookstoves adapted to the context of the production and ensures their adoption by end-users.

We have offered butter producers improved devices that are more efficient and cleaner than their traditional cookstoves and have selected two production centers – one in Zantiebougou, in the South Mali about 200 kms from Bamako and the second one in Dioïla, a village around 170 kms away from Bamako. These two centers have been chosen for their stable level of production of butter throughout the year and for having a well–organized approach. These two specificities are necessary to obtain accurate data on their fuel consumption.

The introduction

30 improved cookstoves have been distributed and the producers have been trained on how to use this new technology. Today, they are all able to use these devices.

We have organized focus groups to get information and in particular to have their first thoughts and perceptions on these cookstoves.

The tests

The first aim of this test is to compare the fuel consumption quantity burnt during the processing before the introduction of the improved cookstoves, which means, with their traditional cookstoves compared to the quantity burnt during the processing with the new cookstoves, the Rocket.

First, the teams measure the fuel quantity in the morning before the production and then at the end of the day to know, as an average, which quantity of fuel has been burnt.

Some tests have yet been done with the traditional cookstoves during the baseline assessments and the team has planned to go back there a few weeks after the cookstove introduction to let them handle the devices and to be able to get accurate information as during the baselines assessment.

The results will allow us to measure the impact of the devices on deforestation, air pollution and other issues related to the devices. The analysis of data will help to design improved cookstoves that match the needs and tastes of the end-users.

The data gathered will permit the team to make a good and detailed analysis about the efficiency and the possible rate of adoption of the Rocket stove in Mali.