Cookstoves for Coffee Farmers


These more efficient cookstoves, the Tikikil and the Mirt, replace the more commonly used open fire cooking. Up to 40% of CO2 emissions from the use of wood is reduced, there is less smoke in the house, and there is more time for women to grow their coffee.

Project Highlights


  • Cooking with the clean cookstoves prevents dangerous smoke from being inhaled
  • The hard labour of having to collect wood is reduced

Climate and Environment

  • An increase in biodiversity thanks to reduced deforestation
  • A reduction in CO2 emissions


  • Mothers can spend more time with their families, on education and coffee farming because they spend less time harvesting wood
  • Women are also exposed to less harassment as they do not have to go far from home


  • Giving mothers more time to pursue income generating opportunities
  • Creating sustainable local jobs in the production and the maintaining of the cookstoves

Sustainable Development Goals

This project supports the following SDGs. More information about each goal can be found on the UN SDG website

UN Sustainable Development Goal 03UN Sustainable Development Goal 12UN Sustainable Development Goal 13

Project Description

A Bit of Background

Ethiopia, where coffee was first discovered, earns 60% of its foreign income from the trade of coffee. It is an industry which supports the livelihood of an estimated 15 million people. However, climate change and in particular deforestation are threatening coffee in Ethiopia.

Rising temperatures are having an impact on the growing of coffee plants. Even a small change can have a massive impact. 1 degree increase = loss of quality. 2 degree increase = loss of productivity. 3 degree increase = difficulty in keeping the coffee plant alive.

If the temperatures keep on rising, coffee could become difficult to grow in Ethiopia. This would not only destabilize the local economy, but also have an impact on the global coffee market. (As produce from Ethiopia represents 3% of this market).

The Project

This project brings more efficient cookstoves to almost 20,000 households. There are two types of cookstoves.

The Tikikil is for general use and replaces the open fire as a method of cooking.

The Mirt is used for the baking of a flat round bread.

Unfortunately it is small-scale farmers who are hit the hardest. These coffee farmers (often women) depend on the income that their land generates and are therefore financially unable to afford the consequences of climate change.

The purchasing of the cookstoves is therefore paid in part with cash, and in part funded through these carbon credits.

Benefits and Added Value

The Tikikil and the Mirt both reduce the amount of wood that is needed in order to cook food. Thanks to this, CO2 emissions compared to open fires can be reduced by about 40%.

More importantly, on top of reducing emissions, these efficient cookstoves mean that there is less smoke in the household. Protecting the health of women and children.

Children in particular need to spend less time collecting wood and can spend more time in education.

Thanks to the Climate Academy, farmers are being made more resilient to the effects of climate change and are being taught how to adapt their coffee plantations and protect them from deforestation and rising temperatures.


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