Improving the design and fuel source of cookstoves is one of the biggest opportunities to improve health, life quality and life expectancy in the developing world. Today, over 3 billion people use bio based fuels to cook their food, and the results to both their health and the health of their environment are devastating. According to one of our partners in this work, The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, over 4 million people die every year from household air pollution. Furthermore, this health problem disproportionately impacts women and children who are more likely have an increased exposure to the pollution at home.
The Osprey Foundation's cookstove work centers around forging powerful partnerships in both the public and private sectors to promote the adoption of new sustainable cookstove designs and to educate at-risk populations about the benefits of clean cookstove use. At the same time, we recognize the cultural importance of traditional cooking methods, and aim to find solutions that uphold the traditions and values of the communities where we work. In addition to partnerships, we leverage both grants and impact investments to create lasting change in this space.
The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is a public-private partnership hosted by the UN Foundation working to increase the adoption of clean cookstoves by 100 million homes by 2020.