Cleaner cooking is a human right.

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Had the pleasure of attending Cleaner Cooking Camp 2014 Open Day in Lilongwe on Friday. Organised by the multi-donor funded Discover Project, the event showcased various renewable and efficient cooking and household energy options available to Malawians, such as improved cooking stoves (locally known as chiteteze mbaula), biomass burners, paper briquettes, and different solar power solutions. Dignitaries held speeches on the importance of cleaner cooking solutions – reducing respiratory illnesses especially among women and children, as well as countering deforestation – while community actors involved in making and promoting improved stoves were honoured for their work with cash prizes. Malawi is a member of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and has a goal of 2 million households using improved cook stoves by 2020. A locally made improved cook stove sells for around 1000 kwacha ($2.50).

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