Working with business to install energy-saving stoves in schools

Kabarole Research and Resource Centre (KRC)
Published: 21 November 2018
Last edited: 29 March 2019
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Kabarole Research and Resource Centre (KRC) in Uganda is working with business enterprises to develop an alternative to primitive fuel wood stoves which are inefficient, contribute to deforestation and affect the health of users. Schools are the biggest fuel wood consumers in Uganda because of the large volumes of food they prepare for their students using traditional stoves. KRC identified new technology for improved stoves and engaged a company to produce them.


East and South Africa
Scale of implementation
Forest ecosystems
Tropical deciduous forest
Tropical evergreen forest
Ecosystem services
Food security
Habitat fragmentation and degradation
Sustainable livelihoods
Land and Forest degradation
Loss of Biodiversity
Conflicting uses / cumulative impacts
Ecosystem loss
Lack of public and decision maker’s awareness
Business engagement approach
Direct engagement with a company




  • KRC piloted the improved energy-saving cook stoves in seven schools in the Rwenzori region starting with a school close to its office and then rolled out the project to 11 other schools in Kabarole District after registering positive outcomes from the piloted stoves. Fuel wood use in these schools fell by 50%, reducing pressure on the nearby forests.


  • Savings have been made both by having to buy less fuel and in cooking time. The cooks, students and teachers all now enjoy a clean, smoke-free environment.


  • The private sector is developing the stove business with other schools and individuals, and partners are being sought to share the costs for schools that cannot afford the improved stoves.


  • KRC believes the private sector could spread the technology faster if it becomes more ambitious and the adoption rate could be increased by helping potential recipients understand the advantages.


Contributed by

Violet Kanyiginya Twagira Kabarole Research and Resource Centre (KRC)

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Violet Kanyiginya Twagira
Kabarole Research and Resource Centre (KRC)