Solar Cooking
Solar Cooking
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Last edited: 8 October 2021      

Colletaanyango Odhiambo, Secretary and Nimrodah Mercy, Deputy CEO use the sun to cook.

Farmers with a Vision is a local community organization based in Bumala Township, Kenya. Lilian Nyapola, a member of Farmers with a Vision, said her 32-member organization has worked in schools, churches and homes to train community members on solar cooking technologies, and that men have backed the women who have switched to new cooking technology, not least because food can be cooked faster and rarely burns, and children aren’t injured in fires.

As of 2017, they estimate that in Busia County, in western Kenya, as many as 1,500 households have turned to solar cooking. This has happened since the campaign began in 2013, according to county Ministry of Energy figures.[1] Other families have adopted more efficient charcoal or firewood stoves.

Didacus Odhiambo, the organization's Chief Executive Officer, said the clean energy effort has faced significant challenges, including as many as 60 percent of buyers defaulting on loans for equipment –a problem the organization is still trying to sort out. Many households struggle to find the upfront money to buy the more efficient cooking technology.[1]

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  • NEW: October 2021: Solar oven production - Didacus Pius Odhiambo reports that Farmers with a Vision are currently producing insulated wooden solar box ovens for sale at their facility in Kenya. They use a double-box approach, which allows for adding insulation between the cooking chamber walls. The photos below, provided by Framers with a Vision, show how the ovens are assembled.
  • December 2020: Samuel of Asulma Centre, in conjunction with Didacus Pius Odhiambo of Farmers with a Vision, train Grace Mubi and Sarah Ndunyo, of Shambani Millers Self Help Group, and a group of villagers from Kitui, Kenya, about the techniques of Integrated Solar Cooking.
Gallery photo credit: Farmers with a Vision
  • April 2020: 

Farmers with a Vision work constructing heat-retention cookers that allow food to continue cooking after first being heated on a conventional or solar stove

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  • April 2017: Kenya learns to cook with solar power - even when the sun doesn't shine - Reuters ("In Busia County, in western Kenya, as many as 1,500 households have turned to solar cooking, mostly over the last four years, according to county Ministry of Energy figures. Other families have adopted more efficient charcoal or firewood stoves. The changes in large part have been driven by Farmers with a Vision (FWA), a local community organization based in Bumala Township.")

Solar drying the ginger crop - Photo credit: Farmers With A Vision

  • February 2017: Solar drying of ginger - Farmers With A vision reports they used a solar box cooker to accelerate the drying of the local ginger crop. Only three days were needed instead of the usual seven days. They appreciate the drying crop is kept safe from insects, dust, and other contamination, while retaining more of the plants nutrients.

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Farmers With A Vision
P.O. Box 16
Bumala- 50404
Kenya

Tel. +254 0721-818018, +254 0733-215 382

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/farmerswithavision