Solar Cookers World Network

Mission

SCWNet's purpose is to improve health, economies, societies and environments through collective actions to spread solar cooking, pasteurizing and food processing. These reduce the burdens of ever-scarcer fuels, respiratory diseases from indoor air pollution, intestinal diseases from unpasteurized water and crop spoilage. SCWNet's 120+ independent NGOs, businesses and government agencies and 200+ individual experts promote solar solutions through information exchange and collective advocacy to widen access where needed most.

Organization Type Other Organization Type

Contact Information

Primary Contact
Ms. Bev Blum
scwnet@solarcooking.org
Secondary Contact
Ms. Patricia McArdle

Address 4271 Round Valley Circle
Stockton, CA
95207
United States
Website www.solarcooking.org/scwnet
Phone (209) 477-5970
Fax same as above
Calling/Fax Instructions To fax, call ahead to turn on machine

Our Focus

Primary Initiatives, Target Populations, and Scope of Work:

Current advocacy targets are UN WHO Health Promotion, PCIA, Millennium Development Goals, UNHCR, UNCSD and UNFCCC. SCWNet's sponsor organization, Solar Cookers International currently is piloting 'integrated' cooking with solar cookers, hay boxes and fuel efficient stoves with Practical Action targeting 5000 families in western Kenya for PCIA

Fuels/Technologies: Solar
Sectors of Experience: Education
Environment
Health
Renewable Energy
Rural Development
Water
Specifically, household and commercial solar cookers for multiple health, economic and environmental benefits.
Countries of Operation: Costa Rica
El Salvador
Guatemala
Haiti
Honduras
Mexico
Nicaragua
Argentina
Bolivia
Brazil
Chile
Colombia
Ecuador
Paraguay
Peru
Benin
Burkina Faso
Chad
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Eritrea
Ethiopia
The Gambia
Ghana
Kenya
Madagascar
Malawi
Mali
Niger
Nigeria
Rwanda
Senegal
South Africa
Sudan
Tanzania
Uganda
Zambia
Zimbabwe
Afghanistan
Jordan
Pakistan
Turkey
Bangladesh
China
India
Indonesia
Japan
South Korea
Malaysia
Nepal
Philippines
Taiwan
Vietnam
Australia
Canada
United States
Czech Republic
Denmark
France
Germany
Ireland
Netherlands
Portugal
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
United Kingdom

Our Experience And Interest In The Four PCIA Central Focus Areas

Social/Cultural barriers to using traditional fuels and stoves:

Policy makers need education about members' grassroots documentation of solar cookers' acceptance, frequent use, health and environmental benefits for 2+M families and local women adapting simple solar technologies to local needs and conditions. 100 million more families urgently need access to these simple technologies. Barriers also include fossil fuel subsidies and tariffs hampering moving supplies between African countries.


Market development for improved cooking technologies:

This is urgently needed. The network facilitates information exchange and collective marketing to multiply the efforts of independent promoters.


Technology standardization for cooking, heating and ventilation:

Standards for evaluating solar cookers' performance and usefulness are available and currently being updated.


Indoor air pollution exposure and health monitoring:

Network members are encouraged to measure changes in health (reductions in burns and respiratory and unsafe water-related diseases) and cooking fuels use with solar cookers, and ongoing, sustainable impact.

Relevant Publications or Studies

Solar Cookers Review and the SCWNet E-Newsletter

Our Contribution to the Partnership

SCIA encourages info exchange among network members, and sharing their experiences with PCIA. Many members have participated in PCIA events.