|Boiling Point No. 04 - March 1983 (ITDG Boiling Point, 1983)|
Between the 1st and 8th December 1982 Yvonne Shanahan attended the second CILSS regional stoves seminar which was held in Bamako, Mali. The seminar was jointly funded by CILSS and the UNFISTD, and organised in co-operation with the Malian government.
The aims of the seminar-covered:
1. A review of national and regional stove activities with special reference to technical aspects of stove building and testing
2. A search for
- new approaches and strategies for the organisation and training of stove builders
- mechanisms to establish better communications between researchers, technicians, and stove users.
All of the CILSS member countries, and CILSS stove programme staff were in attendance, with the exception of Cap Verde Islands, which has no stove programme. Organisations participating at the seminar included ITDG (UK), the Eindhoven Woodburning Stove Group, Bois de Feu (France), AIDR (Belgium), GTZ (Germany), ENDA (Sweden), USAID (Mali/Senegal), Peace Corps (Mali), UNSO, FAO and DANIDA.
Many of the country delegates were particularly concerned with tackling the technical problems of constructing durable and acceptable mud stoves. The practical workshop on mud stove construction techniques was very popular judging by the numbers who chose it. The single-pot Louga stove was constructed along with a 2-pot chimney stove. Most of the participants managed to get their hands dirty, and we gathered a very large and curious audience! The second most popular workshop dealt with the organisation of communication between stove workers and users.
At the conclusion of the seminar everyone agreed that no single stove design or construction technique was suitable for mass dissemination. Instead it was recommended that at least 3 designs should be selected. There was a certain amount of healthy dissent amongst the participants about the eligibility of different designs. However, everyone agreed that there was still a considerable need for continuing field-testing efforts and optimisation of designs before mass dissemination could hope to take place. It was strongly felt that at least one prototype of portable stove, whether metal or pottery, was an urgent priority for research.