Ecocina Recognized for Achieving Adoption Success in Central America According to Independent Research Group and Funded for Further Study
It's the most crucial question in any clean cookstove project: will the target population be wiling to replace their open fires with stoves?
It may be surprising to hear that the biggest hurdle clean cookstove projects must overcome is simply convincing people to replace a dangerous source of potential burns, respiratory diseases, and physical irritation found right inside their homes. However, socio-cultural influences can drive people to cling to traditional open fires. Cookstoves that fall short of cultural expectations and functionality for cooking traditional meals will never be accepted. Also, poor training on stove use and care can often lead to stoves being left unused. Furthermore, populations that have had bad experiences with previously tried cookstoves might be hesitant to try again.
A recent study published by the Stockhold Environmental Institute determined the Ecocina is the only fully portable rocket stove that has achieved adoption success among Central American families. Of thirty-three clean cook stoves for sale on the Central American market, the Ecocina is one of six stoves determined to be meeting with success, according to metrics used by the study. For the full study, see here: http://www.sei-international.org/publications?pid=2822.
Why has the Ecocina been sucessfully adopted while other stoves have fallen flat?Ecocinas are introduced to the population through formal usage and care trainings by factory representatives. If subsidized, factories are encouraged to require a small payment from the end user. Follow-up visits help troubleshoot any problems end users may be having.
Our understanding of how Ecocinas are used in the field can always be better! StoveTeam International and the StoveTeam-sponsored EcoComal factory in Guatemala were selected as one of only three recipients worldwide from over seventy applicants for a formal field training and study to evaluate Ecocina usage in people's homes. In the study to take place in early 2016, Winrock International and the U.S. EPA will use field interviews and stove use monitors to provide more evidence of Ecocina adoption.