Accra, Sept. 20, GNA – Hajia Mrs Samira
Bawumia, the wife of the Vice President, has called on the public to use clean
cookstoves to help save the nation’s dwindling forest resources.
She said there was the need to produce
efficient clean cookstoves, which could be afforded by people in rural
communities, to encourage clean cooking.
Clean cookstove typically describes a stove
with higher efficiency or lower emissions than a traditional stove, including
being safe and durable.
Mrs Bawumia, who also doubles as the
Ambassador of Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, made these remarks at the
Eighth National Policy Dialogue, dubbed: “Making Clean Cooking Technologies a
National Priority,” in Accra.
It was organised by the Ministry of Planning
in collaboration with SNV Netherlands Development Organisation and the Ghana
Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and Fuel (GHACCO).
The Dialogue sought to create a forum for
sharing of ideas for policy formulation.
Hajia Bawumia said the use of clean cookstoves
also provided efficient and clean cooking, which went a long way to protect the
environment and improve livelihoods, especially those of women.
She called for the sensitisation of the public
on the health benefits of the clean cooking technology so that more people
would gradually adopt its usage.
With regards to having a centralised national
policy on clean cooking, Mrs Bawumia said there was the need for opened
mindedness to enhance the implementation of the policy, which would have a
multi-faceted benefit for the nation.
Reasearch shows that about 70 per cent of
rural people in Ghana still use biomass for cooking.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) indicates
that more than three billion people in low and middle income countries rely on
solid fuels (wood, animal dung, charcoal, crop wastes and coal) burned in
inefficient and highly polluting stoves for cooking and heating, resulting in
some four million premature deaths annually.
According to the WHO these same household
pollutants, including black carbon, also have climate warming effects.
Dr Ishmael Ackah, the Technical Advisor of the
Ministry of Planning, said promoting the use of clean cookstoves should be made
a national priority.
He said a World Bank report indicates that
annually Ghana loses about 16,600 human lives because of indoor pollutions.
Beyond this are other challenges like women
using their precious time to go looking for firewood and the issues of
Mr Dramani Bukari, the Senior Renewable Energy
Advisor, Voice For Change Partnership Programme, SNV, and Madam Sarah Naa Dede
Agbey, the Chairperson of GHACCO, called for a consolidated national policy
framework on improved clean cookstoves to help address the challenge of
household air pollution.