Peace Corps - Improved Stoves and Ovens

Welcome to the Peace Corps Clean Indoor Air/ Improved Cooking Toolkit, your one-stop source for reliable and relevant information about improved cookstoves, ovens and biogas applications appropriate for Volunteer communities. We welcome and encourage use of the toolkit by Peace Corps Volunteers and staff globally. We have designed this toolkit so we can share Peace Corps developed resources both globally and regionally. Furthermore, we have selected, and will continue to expand our selection of resources from partner agencies that we think are most appropriate for staff and Volunteers. 


Indoor air pollution is responsible for nearly half of the more than 2 million deaths each year that are caused by acute respiratory infections (WHO, Inheriting the World: the Atlas of Children's Health and the Environment). By significantly increasing the efficiency of traditional biomass-burning (such as dung, wood and coal), by routing smoke away from cooking areas, and by reducing the need for biomass, alternative cookstoves reduce respiratory infections, reduce the impact of cooking on climate change, reduce deforestation, and reduce the time that women and children must spend gathering firewood.


  • biodigesters (methane produced from organic waste), successfully promoted by Volunteers in Nicaragua and Thailand
  • high-efficiency wood burning stoves and ovens: and note that the technology of these has advanced through research tremendously in the past six years
  • solar ovens, most successfully promoted one of several cooking methods of a family
  • retained heat cookers: a way to reduce cooking fuel by allowing the food to continue cooking with retained heat for a period of time in an insulated space.
  • indoor air pollution: general information on current statistics and studies, and its impact on children.

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Toolkit last updated: October 11, 2012