Sustainability in food preparation
3 Billion people around the world still cook over open fires.
3.8 million people a year die prematurely from illness attributable to household air pollution
Exposure to household air pollution almost doubles the risk for childhood pneumonia and is responsible for 45% of all pneumonia deaths in children less than 5 years old
Smoke inhalation from household cooking is the second largest contributor to ill health in the world
PE Ventures has worked in Fiji and Timor-Leste in the cooking stove and cooking fuel space for two years. Our research has found that education and understanding of effective cook stoves and fuels is limited and thus developed a more effective cook stove for those still using biomass. In having success with this design, PE Ventures intends on assessing whether this proven product can be translated across into the context of India with an additional focus on the potential use of a bio-digester (research and Intellectual Property of University of Adelaide).
QUALITY OF LIFE
PNV Foundation – PNV Foundation is a non-profit organisation with a number of different CSR initiatives and activities that address an array of sustainable development objectives. They have partnered with PEV as our in-country partner to help connect local university students with our projects on the ground, providing assistance with empathising with locals and breaking down the language barrier, while also giving these students the opportunity to develop in both a personal and professional manner.
HOW IT WORKS
For those cooking on open fires and in enclosed spaces, the fuel stove designs in Fiji and Timor would be easily translated and implemented.
A more complex opportunity for the state of Odisha is rolling out the bio-digestors with biochar that control the methane and hydrogen sulfide produced. This opportunity would see agricultural and livestock waste converted into combustible gasses and potentially an entire village or multiple households oriented around the production of gas. This gas would then be used as an alternative to natural gas in more advanced cookstoves.