Despite global efforts to endorse modern energy solutions, more than 2.6 billion people worldwide do not have access to a clean cooking facility (IEA, 2019). In Tanzania, this reality is particularly acute. Household air pollution, a result of burning woodfuel on open fires, has been linked to a number of serious health conditions including cancer, respiratory infections and even premature death.
Alarmingly, the problems don't end there. Smoke generated from burning woodfuel also releases harmful greenhouse emissions into the environment. Forest degradation and deforestation is another major consequence of the unsustainable harvesting of woodfuel. Still, rural communities, with little alternative, continue to rely heavily on traditional biomass stoves, with women and children worst affected.