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In Madagascar, deforestation is a big issue: In 2019, 99% of the population used firewood and charcoal for cooking, while only 1% of the households were using improved stoves. This is one reason why hundreds of thousands hectares of forest area disappear every year. As a result, the country’s biodiversity suffers. At the same time, respiratory infections are caused by the combustion of solid biomass. All this makes Madagascar a highly relevant target country for improved cookstove interventions. EnDev’s implementation partner ADES strengthens the local cookstove production capacities, offering improved stoves for households as well as social institutions and productive use.

Technologies used in this project

  • Improved cookstoves

Country data

  • People with access to modern cooking energy: 171,000*
  • SME´s with access to modern energy services: 480*
  • SI´s with access to modern energy services: 391*
  • *Target achievements until December 2019
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The project strategy is to develop an expanded local production capacity for improved cookstoves, and to ensure a sustainable market in urban and peri-urban areas in Madagascar. Implementation partner for EnDev is the Swiss NGO Association pour le Dévelopment de l’Energie Solaire (ADES). ADES is active in Madagascar since 2002.

So far, as key intervention, EnDev co-financed the establishment of a new production centre in Fianarantsoa, to increase the productivity and number of assembly lines for a stove factory. Different types of the so-called OLI stoves are built, both for wood and charcoal combustion, allowing a fuel reduction of 50-65 percent per meal. Moreover, the production of metal casings was introduced in Madagascar, which previously needed to be imported from Italy. The local production resulted in decreasing overall costs and an increased employment level. A second key intervention is the establishment of outlets and sustainable marketing structures in new areas of Madagascar, accompanied by awareness raising campaigns for OLI stoves, along with the initiation and the support of a professional network of independent resellers.

Since the demand for cookstoves is still higher compared to the supply, and in order to extend the geographical outreach towards the North and North East of the country, a new activity will set up a mobile awareness raising and promotion centre for improved cookstoves. The mobile centre will consist of a truck, serving as show, event and awareness raising venue.

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Three Madagascan men are working on green metal cauldrons with a yellow line saying "ADES" on them.
Preparation of cauldrons. Credit: Friedel Ammann, ADES.

Further information

For more information on the energy situation in Madagascar see energypedia.

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