The innovation is already on the market and able to perform the seven functions namely: cooking , baking, frying, drying, brie roasting and warming using less fuel like charcoal. About 3 billion people around the world and 91 per cent of people in low-income countries still cook with solid fuels such as firewood, charcoal, dung cakes, and crop residue (WHO, 2012). Cooking with solid fuels has various implications; firewood collection could contribute to forest depletion, households may need to spend a disproportionate amount of time on collecting these fuels, and smoke from burning solid fuels could adversely affect health. All of these facts may justify public action to encourage people to switch to cleaner fuels such as kerosene, liquefied petroleum gas, and electricity. But of particular concern is the public health burden of solid fuels, which is believed to be very high. WHO (2009) attributes 3.9 million deaths to indoor air pollution from solid fuels every year in developing countries, more than any other environmental risk and twice as much as urban air pollution. To add to this, poorer respiratory health is known to shorten lives, raise morbidity, and increase productivity (Duo et al. (2008); Strauss and Thomas (2008). Therefore, the JUVIN COOKING UNIT project is being launched as a Zambia Rural-Urban Women Energy Security first step approach to prevent the trend and to create awareness on the dangers of using dirty energy and also to provide solutions to minimise the problem by reducing direct exposure. The project is a step towards harnessing renewable energy to provide clean cooking energy for the rural women. The project also minimizes the amount of firewood and charcoal used; it will create employment as these stoves are locally produced with local materials.
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