The Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV) and Philips Incorporated in the United States, have jointly launched an advanced cooking stove to combat deforestation.
The initiative would also help reduce indoor air pollution and fuel-wood consumption in Ghana.
Mr Enno Heijndermans, Renewable Energy Sector Leader of SNV, who made this known in Accra at a workshop, said the launch of clean cooking stove initiative in Ghana was part of the implementation of strategies signed in New York to reduce health risks of indoor cooking.
He said the SNV?s household cooking stove interventions were aimed at switching to non-wood fuels, such as palm kernel shells, rice husk and shea waste briquettes.
Mr Heijndermans said looking at the health risks of women in Ghana, Philips and SNV expect to reduce the amount of people depending on open fires, or inefficient cook stoves, so as to improve the environment, while poor people can enjoy better health and living conditions.
Mr Lovans Owusu-Takyi, Associate Advisor on Renewable Energy of SNV, advised households to switch from the traditional stoves to the advanced clean cook stoves, to protect their health, the forest and save money.
He called on micro finance institutions to support renewable energy development and provide loans to dealers.
Mr Eric Naivasha, Africa Regional Manager of Philips, said his organization was to create meaningful innovations that matter to people, and address the key challenges that confront society.
He said Philips was happy to partner with SNV, to get the improved cook stoves accessible to low income communities in Ghana.
Mr Alhassan Iddrisu, a participant of the workshop, expressed gratitude to Philips and SNV for the insights given them on the usage of agricultural residues for fire in cooking.