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Improved cookstoves in Burkina Faso

OLVEA is located since 2008 in Burkina Faso, where we have developed sustainable supply chains for Shea butter and Sesame oil. Over the years, OLVEA has built strong and long-term relationships with farmers’ organizations, and works for the development and empowerment of producers in general, and women Shea producers in particular.

Since 2016, OLVEA and L’Oréal, in partnership with Nafa Naana and Entrepreneurs du Monde, have been supplying improved cookstoves to Shea producers in south Burkina Faso in order to fight against fuel poverty and its consequences on deforestation. These improved cookstoves, used to boil Shea nuts and cook meals in Burkina Faso’s rural households, consume less firewood than traditional cookstoves.

The reduction of wood consumption has several environmental and social benefits: reduced energy expenditure and work arduousness (wood collection), reduction of the deforestation, but also less CO2 produced and smoke inhaled by the women producers and their families.

In 3 years, more than 4,200 producers have benefited from this project! A total of 5,370 improved cookstoves were distributed, thus avoiding cutting more than 4,500 tons of wood and reducing the domestic work of these producers by 500,000 hours.

Thanks to its teams, OLVEA provides part of the project’s technical assistance: coordination, support for expert missions, analysis…. Given the success of this operation, all the partners have planned to launch a second campaign to supply improved cookstoves in the coming months.