Nearly three billion people across the globe cook every day using open, three-stone fires, or rudimentary stoves that burn biomass such as wood, agricultural waste, animal dung, and charcoal.
Cooking with these traditional cookstoves is inefficient and grossly polluting, harming health and the environment, and contributing to global warming.
The Berkeley-Darfur Stove, developed by scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and volunteers from UC Berkeley and Engineers Without Borders, is a metal stove that reduces the need for firewood by more than half, owing to its improved combustion and heat transfer efficiencies.
Unlike other stoves made of mud, the Berkeley-Darfur stove is composed of steel and is meant to last longer. It is shipped from India and the United States as a flat kit and assembled on site.