ECOSYSTEM MARKETPLACE: When ranking clean cookstoves, don’t let the perfect become enemy of the good

Published 19:25 on January 9, 2018  /  Last updated at 19:25 on January 9, 2018  /  Africa, EMEA, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

When one Ghanaian worker demonstrated her cookstove, she first overfilled it and then used a carcinogenic plastic bag to start the fire. Observers gasped. “Does she know that’s bad for her health?” asked several of them. According to Ecosystem Marketplace, this incident reminds us that there’s more to clean cookstoves than the machines themselves.

Smoke imbues this West African metropolis – whether from open fires around the city’s busy Kwame Nkrumah traffic circle, or from trucks and busses that clog its streets. You see it and smell it even as you drive away from the city center, as roadside stalls give way to farm plots and low-lying houses and trees begin to appear in greater numbers.

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