Last updated: January 16, 2012
News and recent developments
- August 2011: Project Cuisiniéres Solaires d'Afrique reports the there are now five mobile workshops for building solar cookers. More than 7000 homes are equipped with solar cookers. There is high demand for subsidized solar cookers in rural areas.
- November 2009: The rural community of Méouane (Tivaouane), Senegal has a new solar bakery that reaches 500°C and supplies bread to a village of about 70 houses. The launching ceremony was organized by the GIE Sope Khadim village women, who simultaneously received 140 ovens for cooking at home. Present at the event, the office manager of solar cookers to the Ministry of Scientific Research, Abdoulaye Toure, explained his presence by the government's willingness to assist women in starting their solar cookers. This project is funded by the GEF Small Grants Programme (GEF), with technical collaboration of the United Nations Program for Development (UNDP). The mobile solar bakery reaches 500°C and can produce 70 loaves in the morning and 100 in the evening," said Abdoulaye Toure. Since 1982, he added, this project has operated. "With American cooperation, the project was updated and we've created a solar bakery," said the designer. He added: "It can be moved around because we have found to Mekhe, Pékess, Thilmakha holding weekly markets in their localities. The oven can serve these people too. More info...
- November 2009: UN Environment Fund donates 140 solar cookers to the women of Ndoukoura, Senegal (French) - Agence de Presse Sénégalaise
- July 2009: Through a partnership with GEN Senegal, the Association pour la promotion des femmes de Mékhé (ASPROFEM) is implementing a two-year solar cooker project in the Mékhé districts of MBambara, Lébou and Ndiop. The project is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme, which is implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).The goal of the project is to help preserve trees through the use of solar energy as an alternative to firewood. With the help of several local craftsmen, solar cookers will be manufacturer in each of the three districts under the direction of cooker designer Abdoulaye Toure. Each district will have approximately 10 trainers to raise awareness in the community, teach solar cooking skills, and distribute solar cookers. One hundred solar cookers were distributed in Ndiop during the pilot phase of the project. The second phase of the project began last year and runs through the end of 2009.
- 2009: The Mekhe Solar Cooker: Empowering Women One Community at a Time - A Case Study - SGP The GEF Small Grants Programme
- August 2009: Développement et vulgarisation de l'énergie solaire à Sédhiou : Une vingtaine d’artisans formés à la construction des cuiseurs solaires - Walf Fadjri (English version)
- April 2007: Solar Cooking to Improve the Environment - Women & Environments International Magazine
- November 2004: Solar Cooker Review
- April 2003: Les cuisinières solaires en Afrique - (English version)
- Information in English on Abdoulaye Touré's projects
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