The production of ICS is mainly based in Kampong Chhnang province. The first reason is that the clay coming from the nearby mountains is ideal for the manufacturing of pottery, stoves and other clay-derived items. The second reason is that the labor force and the skills required for this craft have been concentrated in this region for generations.
In Myanmar, the SCALE project provides training to entrepreneurs in the production of improved cookstoves. Two ICS models have been developed: the Pathein stove in the Delta Region, and the A1 stove in the Dry Zone Region.
As part of the SCALE project, a biomass cooking technology lab has been established in Yezin. In January 2017, the Minister of Environmental Conservation and Forestry visited the lab.
In order to support the large scale dissemination of improved cookstoves in the country, the SCALE project organizes marketing and promotion events in villages. The project team also participates in forums on domestic cooking.
Instead of developing a new distribution strategy for improved cookstoves, GERES made the decision to integrate operations within the existing supply chain. Community members can thus buy their cookstoves along the road, from mobile vendors crisscrossing the country on their motorbike or buffalo. 3.5 million ICS units have already been sold this way.
In Myanmar, the Delta Region and the Dry Zone Region traditionally host numerous cookstoves and clay pots producers. The SCALE project supports these entrepreneurs to produce improved models.
For the past 20 years, GERES has built an expertise in engaging and training local communities over Cambodia. This album gathers the best pictures of sustainable forest management workshops, cooking demonstrations with improved cookstoves, and climate-resilient agriculture trainings.
During the dry season, approximately 8,000 Cambodian farmers and their families rely on additional income-generating activities such as small-scale food processing (palm sugar, noodle, rice wine production…). To sustain these off-season activities, GERES developed the Improved Multi-Energy Productive Stove (IMEPS) which is 30% more efficient than traditional stoves, therefore allowing a significant reduction of wood consumption, and which can be used with alternative biomass fuels like rice husk or palm leaves.
For more than ten year, GERES Cambodia has been tackling the social and environmental issues faced by local producers of traditional charcoal. GERES is currently conducting a project aiming to develop the production and promotion of sustainable charcoal in the Cardamom mountains, an area threatened by forest degradation and deforestation. The ambition is to empower local charcoal producers to switch to more sustainable and efficient practices, and to create a dedicated online market place in order to connect producers, distributors and consumers.
98% of improved cookstove users are women – the efficiency of these stoves allow them to spend less time in the kitchen and tend to other activities.