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Improved Cookstoves in India 

Given that Odisha, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh's economy is dependent on natural resources and large proportion of its population is dependent on agriculture and forestry, any adverse impact on these and allied sectors will negate the efforts to alleviate poverty and ensure sustainable livelihood for the population. 

Environmental well-being:

  • The project will replace the use of fuel wood in a large number of households in targeted districts, resulting in the GHG emission reduction and conservation of fuel wood. 

  • Efficiently transferring the heat to the cooking medium ensures exact usage of fuel for the cooking activity reducing GHG emissions. The depletion rate of forest reserves in provincial areas will be reduced considerably.

Socio and economic benefits:

  • Implementation of project activity results in employment opportunities for people involved with installation, maintenance, and sales of these improved cookstoves.


  • The program will improve the status of living of people in households since the community level implementation of units of these kinds can be carried out at considerably lower costs. There will be less dependence on firewood and expenses and time associated with firewood buying and collection.  

  • The business development component of the PoA has resulted in the enhancement of capacity development and technical know-how for moderately educated people in the community through workshops, seminars and training programs.


  • Adaptation of locally manufactured technology using available raw materials with optimised energy efficiencies leads to build technical self-reliance. 

The project will distribute 1 million energy-efficient Improved Cooking Stoves (ICS) in the village households, resulting in saving current usage fuelwood by 60%. Thus, the project will reduce the GHG emission from the combustion of non-renewable biomass, i.e. fuelwood, thereby contributing to sustainable development. 

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