March 2014: R20 initiates second phase of solar bakery project in Burundi - The second phase of the project began with a stakeholder consultation workshop where 32 participants (women bakers, local officials) gathered to discuss the potential benefits of having a solar bakery as well as concerns they may have. The workshop was a success, and the women bakers expressed their gratefulness to R20 and CIRID for helping to start this project that will reduce the amount of smoke they inhale as much less wood will be needed to bake. The solar bakery project will provide a solar-powered oven to a small bakery in Gitega, Burundi, that employs women that have been marginalized by their communities. More information...Update: The deadline has been extended to submit proposals from tenders interested in providing three institutional solar cookers. Submittal information provided in January update.
January 2014: International aid organization seeks solar cookers for bakery in Burundi - The global relief organization R20-Regions of Climate Action has organized a solar bakery project in Rutegama, Burundi. Currently the bakery, in operation since 2006, has relied on wood-fired ovens, with the wood needing to be gathered by the women working at the bakery. They are soliciting proposals from tenders interested in providing three institutional solar ovens required to convert the bakery to solar. The ovens must be limited to three meters(a little under 10 ft.) in height, and if carried, weighing no more than 10 kg (22 lbs.). Unfortunately proposals need to be submitted by January 31, 2014. Interested parties will find more information here: Invitation to Tender For Solar Bakery Project, Burundi. The scale of the project may be rather small, but the funding and implementation is coming from world leaders in the field of economic and environmental relief.
July, 2009:Ntibagendeza Anastasie, reports: The Free Methodist Church opened the Solar Cooking Ministry office. An action plan was created to organize three seminars. At the seminars, seventeen various foods were cooked, as well as, water purification demonstrated. Other seminars are to be held in Bujumbura, the Muyebe district, and the Muyange district.
The History of Solar Cooking in Burundi
Climate, Culture, and Special Considerations
Burundi has 6 months of abundant rain. Firewood resources are in the process of being depleted. (Source: Juan Urrutia Sanz, 2010-Feb-15)