Ghana: Clean Cookstoves for KITA

Our mission is to improve the life standards, in terms of health, environment and local livelihood, of traditional wood fuel cookstove users for the making of Ga and Fante Kenkey, to create awareness of the importance of clean cooking, and to make a business model in order to bring the cookstove to market in the Ejisu-Juaben District in Ghana.

In the Ejisu-Juaben District in Ghana traditional three stone fires are used for cooking by Ga and Fante Kenkey makers. Ga and Fante Kenkey is a staple dish, originating from the Ga and Fante inhabited regions in West Africa.  It takes too much time for households to prepare Kenkey for themselves and so a new business emerged: (mainly) women make large quantities of Kenkey and sell smaller portions to households in the nearby areas. Therefore these women cook all day long, which is affecting their health, the local livelihood and the environment

To improve the conditions for the Kenkey makers, the Kumasi Institute of Tropical Agriculture (KITA) launched the Clean Cookstove Project on developing clean wood fuel cookstoves specifically for the making of Ga and Fante Kenkey by Kenkey makers in the Ejisu-Juaben District in Ghana. The project was launched by KITA in 2014 and this year the follow up will be executed by six students, three TU Delft students and three KITA students, during a three month internship near Kumasi.