Solar Cooking Project Offers New Chances for Improving Resilience in Rural Yemen
The Yemen war has led to a substantial increase in poverty rates. Fuel shortages and price increases have also affected cooking: millions of households are thrown back into firewood-based cooking, which is an inefficient practice with substantial health risks.
Together with the Yemeni NGO Youth of Peace, EADP implemented the project “Solar cookers in rural Yemen: Enabling income generation through training” (SoCIRY), which taught underprivileged women from rural areas in Sana’a governorate how to build and market solar cookers. These devices are low-tech cooking solutions, which require no fuel and can heat water and food based on solar radiation. The solar cookers’ design used in the project was prepared by students of the EADP class “Energy and Development Project” between 2016 and 2018. The project started in March and concluded in November 2020 with a public event. Participants and project staff presented and discussed the results with local and national politicians and civil society representatives.
The project received financial support from the Stiftung Nord-Süd-Brücken on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.