| Boiling Point No. 07 - December 1984 |
'Woodstove Dissemination' edited by Robin Clarke
The introduction of improved wood stoves in developing countries beset by problems of deforestation; appears to be an obvious example of where a simple, cheap and appropriate technology could rapidly effect widespread improvements in life-style.
However, the facts are different. After more than a decade of intensive effort, it is clear that there are still far more problems than solutions. Unsolved issues surround almost every aspect of even the hardware of stove-improving programmes: what kind of stoves should be used? Who should make them - artisans, local people or workshops? What materials should be used - mud, ceramics or metal? Why do many stove programmes hardly achieve the fuel saving widely claimed to be the principle advantage of the improved stoves?
The wider issues are even more perplexing: how can improved stoves best be disseminated? What is being sold - an improved fire or a new concept in cooking and an improved life-style? How can detailed feedback be obtained from users and how can programmes monitor their own results and prevent wasted effort? And perhaps the most serious of all questions why are so many new stoves abandoned in the first year of their life?
The International Workshop at Wolfheze, Autumn 1983 was convened to discuss these and related issues. This volume is an edited version of papers presented at the meeting and is divided into three sections. Part I considers issues that are involved in woodstove dissemination, 1 Part II contains 8 case studies of /projects in Guatemala, Sri Lanka and Africa, and Part III is a summing-up section including a statement drawn up by the participants, and a list of projects to be carried out during the second on-going phase of the workshop.
The conveners of the workshop, Dr Krishna Prasad, Dr Stephen Joseph, Madame Jacqueline Ki-Zerbo, and Dr Armando Caceres and all the contributors covering four continents are actively involved in the creation, management and dissemination of existing stove programmes'.
ISBN 0 946688 55 9