Shea butter production in Mali
Introduce improved cookstoves within the Shea butter value chain
A pilot study to evaluate performance, use and adoption of institutional clean cookstoves for shea butter production
- October 2014 - October 2015
- ICCO, StovePlus
exported to Liverpool, UK, over a 100 years ago as a fat for used in
edible ‘margarine’, shea has been internationally traded and
regularly utilized for the last 50-60 years in confectionaries,
cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.
As international demand for shea has increased rapidly over the last couple of decades, so have concerns over sustainable resource use during shea processing since large amounts of labour, water and energy are used during both sheanut processing and butter production.
The specific objectives of the proposed field-based study are:
o To understand patterns of household and shea producers energy behaviour in homes and within associations to help inform stove choices and improve long term adoption
o To test stove applicability for agricultural processing in particular shea butter production
o To assess stove durability in real-life scenarios
o To better capture and understand household members role in usage and adoption of improved cookstoves for both nut processing and household cooking
o To improve local monitoring and evaluation capacity to
measure combustible consumption, exposure and adoption of improved
Our intervention, services provided
Research & Advocacy
To bring accurate data to the study and find the comprehension keys to analyse in-depth the data collected. Also, to inform about the improved cookstoves benefits compared with the traditional devices they are accustomed to usingFind out more about Research & Advocacy
Monitoring & Evaluation
For the quality to be sustainable, the producers have to ensure the cookstove quality all along the value chain and implement good practices and lessons to ensure the production qualityFind out more about Monitoring & Evaluation
Traditionally harvested by millions of women from parkland-managed trees, across vast swathes of Africa savannah, shea butter is possibly one of Mankind’s most ancient of edible vegetable oils. It has been documented by famous explorers for centuries, the vegetable oil – hand-extracted from the boiled, sun-dried kernels of the shea fruit – is traditionally utilized in sub-Saharan Africa for food, skin-care and medicines. It is probable that shea has been consumed for millennia with archaeological proof for shea parklands in northern Burkina Faso dating back over 1,000 years and growing evidence that shea was well known to the ancient Egyptians over 6,000 years ago.
actual pilot specifically targets the shea value chain in Mali in
order to verify the final decisions in developing a Carbon Neutral
Shea Butter Value Chain. This study, implemented by StovePlus will
work on reducing fuel consumption, and thus carbon emissions, during
the two largest carbon emitting stages in the shea production and
processing supply chain the post harvesting processing and the butter
production, through the provision and utilization of improved
“rocket” cookstoves and or other efficient cookstoves like
gasifiers that are appropriate and acceptable to the women and
households involved in the shea value chain.
Facing traditional habits and stoves, the final devices should convince the end-users to be adopted thanks to its cleaner and more efficient characteristic.