Basic information on improved Cook Stoves activities

Biomass accounts for 68% of the total primary energy consumption in our country while 22% is petroleum, 9% electricity and the rest 1%. Continued dependence on firewood and charcoal is a major contributor to reduction of vegetation cover. Furthermore, reliance on inefficient biomass cooking devices contributes to enormous burdens on families’ livelihoods, especially for women and girls, in terms of looking for cooking fuel as well as exposure to indoor air pollution among other dangers. Replacing inefficient cookstoves and open fires with efficient ones, which also produce less emissions would save the lives of about 14,300 deaths every year (WHO, 2004: Kenya Country profile 4), mainly women and children occasioned by acute respiratory infections, which is linked to exposure to indoor air pollution.