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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Myanmar 2018

Submitted by: Forest Research Institute, Forest Department
Innovative Cookstoves to Improve Rural Communities Livelihood

In 1986, Forest Research Institute started their efficient cooking stoves programme with the goal of improving and disturbing cookstoves. Since 1992, 600,000 efficient cooking stoves have been distributed to rural households and 40-enterprenures have been producing efficient cookstoves using Forest Research Institute (FRI)’s technology.

Initial situation
About 70% of Myanmar’s total population lives in rural area and 81% of fuel consumption comes from wood-based fuel. Rural households in Myanmar use traditional open-fire stoves which have an efficiency of only about five to 15% and impose indoor pollution. Myanmar spend as much as 40% of their income or the time equivalent to purchase or collect firewood affecting livelihood and education of these community.

To solve this problem, Forest Research Institute, Forest Department is improving the efficiency and durability of cooking stoves based on customers' feedback and experimental results. Within six-years from 1986 to 1992, different designs of clean cookstoves with different materials, such as galvanized sheets to locally available clay, were produced and disseminated to nearby village households for research purpose. Interested entrepreneurs have been trained to replicate the project so as to increase production.

Cooking stoves are produced by molding method in FRI; however, they are produced manually in rural areas. The main material in making cooking stove is locally available clay and metal plate. Simple and locally-familiar technology is used to be able to use by small-scale enterprise. So far, 40-small scale enterprise produce their own branded cooking stoves and sell at 2-US$ per stove while imported stove costs 50 US$ per stove.

Capital: Naypyidaw
Official language: Burmese
Total area: 676.578 km²
Population: 60.280.000
GDP/Capita/Year: $702
Source: Wikipedia 2012