In a bid to bring clean cooking technologies to the communities, World Education, Incorporated. (WEI) has organised two Technology Demonstration Fairs at Kutunse and Sarpeiman in Amasaman, in the Greater Accra Region.
Integrated School Project on Clean Cook Energy (INSPOCCE) is piloting the project in the two communities.
The event brought together the manufacturers of the various improved cookstove brands to not only exhibit their products, but also engage the people in discussions on the benefits of adopting clean and efficient cookstoves.
At each fair,Adwoa Etsiwaa Sey, the Project Coordinator for INSPOCCE engaged the participants on discussions on the health, socio-economic and environmental benefits of using clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels.
Representatives from the Education Unit, the assemblyman and woman and the Ghana Alliance for Clean Cookstoves took turns to address participants and engaged them on discussions on cookstoves and fuels.
Stoves were given away as prizes for people who were able to answer pertinent questions on cookstoves and fuels.
There was also demonstration on all stoves assembled and the participants observed with keen interest.
Since Ghana is in an electioneering year, political party hopefuls in the electoral areas came to speak with their constituents, encouraging them to make the switch from the traditional stoves to cleaner and more efficient ones.
They made initial down payments for all participants who wanted to transition to using the cleaner and efficient cookstoves.
The fairs saw participants excitedly buying stoves as they understood the benefits their household transitioning to cleaner and efficient stoves.
Almost three billion people worldwide continue to depend on solid fuels, including biomass fuels including wood, dung, agricultural residues and coal, for their energy needs.
Cooking and heating with solid fuels on open fires or traditional stoves results in high levels of household air pollution.
There is consistent evidence that exposure to household air pollution could lead to acute lower respiratory infections in children under five, and ischemic heart disease, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer in adults.
Cooking a meal is a major global health and environmental issue, as well as a significant barrier to sustainable economic development. Though cleaner and more efficient cooking technologies have been developed, they are often out of reach for families in developing countries due to cost or lack of availability in their local marketplace.