The Cameroon Heat Retention Cooker Bag Project

Pro Climate International tackles the alleviate energy poverty thanks to the production and vulgarization of the cooker bag in rural households of the South West, Littoral and West regions of Cameroon.

An initiative of Pro Climate International, Cameroon

Overview of the project

The production and vulgarization of the cooker bag in rural households of the South West, Littoral and West regions of Cameroon. The project is to the subsidized dissemination of Heat Retention Cookers to rural and peri-urban households who rely on fuelwood as a primary source of cooking energy. Its goal is to alleviate energy poverty, to improve the health and the lifestyle of the poor. Then, it also enables the reduction of the deforestation (mangroves, forest and savannah ecosystems), and therefore the protection of the natural ecosystem of the targeted regions – the South West, Littoral and West regions of Cameroon.

This involved a pilot phase which entailed sensitization of the local population, identifying interested persons and assessing the fuelwood consumption in 480 households before, and during the use of the bag. The results of these assessments were used to establish a baseline on the fuelwood saving potentials of the bag within households in these regions and hence smoke reduction into the atmosphere. The potential socioeconomic and ecological benefits of the bag were also established. The project is presently at its implementation phase envisaging the distribution of 6000 bags in 6000 household within these regions.


Alleviate energy poverty

Level of progress

Ongoing research

Project timeline

10/04/2015 - 12/31/2022

Quantitative results
  • The bag has a fuelwood saving potential of about 65%.
  • The bag is already in use in these regions by about 2500 households.
  • And annual carbon emission reduction over crediting period has been estimated at 3632 tonnes.
Qualitative results
  • To reduce the stress related to cooking.
  • To gain time for other activities during cooking.
  • To always eat warm food.
  • To allow less time to fetch wood.
  • To prevent households from inhaling large quantities of smoke – which have a negative impact on health (respiratory disorder, eye infections, abortion, etc.).

The project is a Gold Standard Verifiable Emission Reductions (GS VERs). The buyer of the GS VERs to be generated by the project is the German development agency Bread for the World(BftW), who pays a share of the purchase price upfront to facilitate the production and distribution of the cookers as well as Pro Climate International's operations related to the project.

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Pro Climate International, Cameroon

Jacqueline Engongwie
Programme Asistant
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