Stove Summit Highlights Contribution Towards Sustainable Food Security

September 26, 2016

Adam Creighton, Institutional Stove Solutions (InStove)

Last month, Alliance member Institutional Stove Solutions (www.instove.org) hosted the first “Stove Summit” to share best practices around clean cookstoves, technology, food security, and livelihoods in international development.

The event drew over 30 nonprofits and charitable foundations to attend, presenting on their unique roles in the sector. Highlights of the week included hands-on workshops in how to build rocket-stoves from locally-available materials, a presentation on the use of rocket stoves to turn waste plastic into fuel, and a panel by a group of 6 funders—from small local foundations, to funders with endowments of over $1 billion.

Picture: (L to R) Stove leaders Paul Anderson, of Juntos Energy Solutions, Paul Means of Burn Design Lab, Nancy Hughes of Stove Team International, Fred Colgan of InStove, Jon Anderson of RechoRocket.org, and Vahid Jahangiri of International lifeline Fund, share their different models for sustainable, local production of improved cookstoves in the developing world. (Photo by: Shane Willingham)

Picture: (L to R) Stove leaders Paul Anderson, of Juntos Energy Solutions, Paul Means of Burn Design Lab, Nancy Hughes of Stove Team International, Fred Colgan of InStove, Jon Anderson of RechoRocket.org, and Vahid Jahangiri of International lifeline Fund, share their different models for sustainable, local production of improved cookstoves in the developing world. (Photo by: Shane Willingham)

“I was already interested in cookstoves through my work,” said Stephanie Martinez, graduate student at Columbia University and intern at the Population Council in New York City. “But this week has really turned that interest into a genuine excitement!”

As the only stove nonprofit that is a member of the Alliance to End Hunger, InStove would like to build bridges between the food security community, and those with the technology to cook it more safely, sustainably, and economically.

“When it comes to finding solutions to human health and environmental issues, it’s important that we work together,” wrote Sebastian Africano, International Director for Trees, Water & People, a nonprofit that works primarily in Latin America and the Caribbean to solve integrated issues of conservation, food security, and renewable energy. “With clean cookstove heavy-weights like StoveTeam International, Institutional Stove Solutions (InStove), and BURN Design Lab, you know there will be lots of great collaboration and idea sharing.”

Stove Summit takes place each summer in Lane County, Oregon, at the InStove campus. For more information contact info@instove.org, subject line, “Stove Summit.”