Imagine the scene: at this very moment, a woman is being exposed to toxic fumes in her home. Another is engaged in the time consuming and dangerous daily search for fuel, taking her time away from more productive economic activities and often leading to environmental degradation in her homeland. The cause of such hazards? The basic and necessary act of cooking meals for the family. Sadly, such scenes are commonplace, as millions of households around the world still use traditional cooking practices, which are inefficient and a health hazard. It is estimated that over four million people die prematurely every year due to indoor air pollution, and women are disproportionately affected by the threat.

Read more