The micro-scale voluntary project activity over an initial 7 year period, aims to disseminate over 8,000 improved cookstoves (i.e. the technology) that are more efficient and use less wood for household cooking and heating than the traditional stoves; and to promote improved kitchen and firewood management practices e.g. use of less firewood, use of dry firewood, using a pot lid while cooking and soaking legumes before cooking (i.e. practices) to households in the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of Malawi. The improved technology and practices are intended to replace less efficient technologies and practices and result in biomass conservation and a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere from the burning of solid biomass. A locally produced improved stove to be disseminated under the VPA.
Ancillary benefits include reduced smoke during cooking, which reduces exposure to health damaging pollutants and reduced time and effort procuring woodfuel. The stoves are attractive to end-users and can result in quicker cooking times. The stoves are locally made using local materials wherever possible, resulting in local income generation and the acquisition of new skills for local people.