Eritrea: Improved biomass cooking stoves

This project involves the production and distribution at no cost of improved traditional stoves for cooking, built with local materials and engaging with the local community. The aim of the project is to improve and promote the livelihoods of rural households in Zoba Anseba and reduce their demand for wood fuel.

Thanks to its improved efficiency, the stoves reduce the demand for fuel wood by 60%-70%, thereby reducing environmental degradation and greenhouse gas emissions. The implementation of this project also improves the health of women and children who are responsible for cooking and managing the stoves and has huge impacts on the prosperity of local communities as their health improves and they reduce the money spent and time collecting both firewood and water. At the same time, the population can now use that time and money for other needs of their daily life, such as the access to goods and services and for education.

It is expected that the project will reduce 10.000 tCO2e per year. This project is verified under VER and Gold Standard (GS registry).


Country: Eritreia

  • Area (km2): 117.600
  • Population (millions): 4,5
  • Per capita GDP (US$): 1.500
  • Life expectancy at birth (years): 64,1
  • Child mortality rate under-5 (per 1000 live births): 45,6
  • Adult illiteracy rate (%): 26,2
  • Ecological footprint (ha per capita): 0,5
  • Greenhouse Gases Emissions (ton per capita): 0,1