Nearly 3 billion people in the developing world cook food and heat their homes with traditional cookstoves or open fires. The World Bank estimates that 4 million premature deaths occur every year as a result. In Ghana more than 80% of the population use solid fuels for cooking.

This project introduces the Gyapa to families in Ghana. An efficient cookstove, the Gyapa cooks food more quickly, requires 50% less fuel and is less smoky, meaning it not only cuts carbon emissions, but reduces exposure to toxic fumes. Cutting fuel requirements saves families as much as $100 dollars annually, at the same time protecting Ghana’s dwindling forests.

A key outcome from this project is job creation. The stoves are made locally; the liners by a small group of accredited local ceramicists who have received specialist training and the metal claddings are made by a further group of accredited manufacturers. The project provides training and quality control services, and distributes the stoves through a wide network of retailers.

Delivering towards the Global Goals

No poverty

4.1m people have saved more than $84 million.

Good health and well-being

Gyapa stoves reduce families’ exposure to hazardous air pollutants that can cause pneumonia or lung cancer.

Decent work and economic growth

Highly skilled ceramists and metal artisans are guaranteed employment for their manufacturing services. Some 13,000 stoves are produced monthly by 350 manufacturers. In addition, more than 500 local retailers benefit from selling the Gyapa stove.

Climate action

Over 830,000 stoves have been sold since 2007 generating a saving of more than 2m tonnes of CO2 emissions.

Life on land

The stoves significantly reduce the demand for wood, protecting forests in a country that has one of the highest deforestation rates in Africa.