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[[Image:Food_versus_charcoal.jpg|right|thumb|350px|Each group of items costs 75 Kenya Shillings (about US$1) as does the pile of charcoal shown. By adopting solar cooker and the [[Integrated Cooking Method]], poor families can buy food instead of fuel.]]Groups involved in '''promoting solar cooking''' need to share more information, collaborate more and pool their voices to be heard by opinion-makers and decision-makers who could provide more resources to support the spread of solar cooking. Fostering these objectives is part of [[Solar Cookers World Network]]'s mission. [[:Category:NGOs|NGOs]] involved in other development work should consider whether solar cooking and the [[Integrated Cooking Method]] would make useful additions to their projects. Governments that currently inhibit the spread of solar cooking by heavily taxing imports of solar-related supplies while also subsidizing fossil fuel imports need to re-evaluate their thinking. Forward thinking businesses have a role to play by investing in the not-quite-yet-emerging solar cooker market, creating more manufacturing, distribution and sales facilities, and participating in spreading awareness. Schools can become involved in teaching solar cooking--both as a tool for teaching science concepts and as a practical matter of survival and home economics.
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==Advocacy and publicity==
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*[[Media:TrainersManual.pdf|'''''Trainers Manual: Teaching Solar Cooking''''']] - ''[[Solar Cookers International]]''
To a degree, these things are happening. [[Malawi]] has a renewable energy component in its school curriculum. [[Senegal]] has appointed a person to spearhead solar cooking work in the country. At least one government agency in [[The Gambia]] is charged with teaching solar cooking. There are other examples of small, seriously underfunded steps being made. Much more will have to be done. Many believe that there will be a ''tipping point'' where a critical mass of awareness in the right circles will greatly speed up the spread of solar cooking.
 
 
The conditions to bring about this ''tipping point'' seem to be forming currently. Food and fuel prices have doubled recently in many poor countries. Also some countries have recently reduced or removed their subsidies on cooking fuel. For example, in April 2008 the Indonesian government announced a reduction of fuel subsidies. As a result, the cost of kerosene, used for cooking, rose from 700 rupiah per liter to 2,000 rupiah, an increase of 186%.[http://www.redorbit.com/news/business/1433946/low_interest_loans_carpools_people_try_it_all/].
 
 
It is also important to understand that often solar cooking is best introduced as part of an [[Integrated Cooking Method]] where solar cooking is combined with [[heat-retention cooking]] (where food is heated to boiling for a short time at which point the cooking pot before being placed in an insulated box or basket to continue cooking) and [[Rocket_stove|simple fuel-efficient wood stoves]]. Soaking beans or even ''slightly'' sprouting whole grains and pulses/legumes[http://solarcooking.wikia.com/wiki/Sprouting_seeds_and_grains], in addition to enhancing digestibility and nutritional values, will shorten cooking times, resulting in more efficient use of sun and fuel.
 
 
Dr. [[Dieter Seifert]] has pointed out that in most parts of the world, to cook a pot of beans, people put the dry beans and the cooking water into a pot and cook it over a wood fire for four hours. If people learn that they can soak the beans overnight first, they can save two hours worth of fuelwood. They save an additional one and a half hours of fuelwood if they learn to heat the soaked beans over a fire or in a solar cooker until the beans have boiled for 10-15 minutes. They can then put the pot into an insulated basket where it will continue to cook for 3-4 hours without using any fuel. The [[Heat-retention cooking|heat-retention cooker]] can be as simple as a basket filled with dry grass or hay. We should all consider the value of such simple changes before one launching into anything more complicated.
 
 
On the personal and local level, if you enjoy and benefit from using the sun to cook, talk to people about it. Talk to friends, family, teachers, students, store clerks, people you might sit next to on a bus or stand next to in a line at a store. If you carry copies of a small [[Media:Solarcookleaflet2.pdf|Universal Leaflet]], you will have something to give to anyone who shows an interest, to direct them to further information.
 
 
Below are a number of resources that are helpful when setting up a solar cooking (or integrated cooking) project.
 
 
==Advocacy and Publicity==
 
*[http://www.solarcooking.nl/upload/SCN,HoAHowtouseISSC+WPLeaflet%20mrt%202011.pdf How to teach solar cooking as part of the Integrated Cooking Method]
 
*[http://www.solarcooking.nl/upload/10313_SCN%20Kozon%20flyer%20ISSC+WP%2014%20okt%202009.pdf Leaflet for public promotion for illiterate cooks using Integrated Sustainable Solar Cooking]
 
*[http://www.solarcooking.nl/upload/SCN-Kozon-How_to_make_Cookit_WAPI_20-11-2009.pdf Manual How to make CooKit and WAPI 2009]
 
*[[Media:TrainersManual.pdf|'''''Trainers Manual: Teaching Solar Cooking''''']] - ''[[Solar Cookers International]]'''
 
 
*[[Media:FieldGuide.pdf|'''''Field Guide: Spreading Solar Cooking''''']] - ''[[Solar Cookers International]]''
 
*[[Media:FieldGuide.pdf|'''''Field Guide: Spreading Solar Cooking''''']] - ''[[Solar Cookers International]]''
 
*[[Media:CooKit_plans_detailed.pdf|'''''Solar Cookers: How to Make, Use, and Enjoy''''']] - ''[[Solar Cookers International]]''
 
*[[Media:CooKit_plans_detailed.pdf|'''''Solar Cookers: How to Make, Use, and Enjoy''''']] - ''[[Solar Cookers International]]''
*[[What can one person or a small group do to promote solar cooking?]]
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*[http://www.solarcooking.nl/upload/SCN-Kozon-How_to_make_Cookit_WAPI_20-11-2009.pdf Manual How to make CooKit and WAPI 2009]
*[http://www.solarcookers.org/programs/advocacy_packet.pdf Advocacy handouts provided for your use by Solar Cookers International]
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*[[What you can do to promote solar cooking]]
*[[What you can do to promote solar cooking]] (also in [http://solarcooking.org/catala/youcando-cat.htm Catalan], [http://solarcooking.org/francais/youcando-fr.htm French], [http://solarcooking.org/farsi/youcando-fa.htm Persian], [http://solarcooking.org/portugues/youcando-pt.htm Portuguese], [http://solarcooking.org/espanol/youcando-span.htm Spanish], and [http://solarcooking.org/urdu/youcando-ur.pdf Urdu])
 
 
*[[Presentations]] - PowerPoint slide decks that can be used to introduce solar cooking to groups
 
*[[Presentations]] - PowerPoint slide decks that can be used to introduce solar cooking to groups
 
*[[Organizing Solar Cooking Events]]
 
*[[Organizing Solar Cooking Events]]
*[http://www.ehow.com/how_6358578_promote-solar-cooking-fairs.html How to Promote Solar Cooking at Fairs]
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*[[Media:Solar_Cooking_Poster_18x24_Ver1.pdf‎|Poster that can be printed very large at print centers for display at fundraisers or demonstrations]] - ''[[Solar Cookers International]]''
*[[Media:Solar_Cooking_Poster_18x24_Ver1.pdf‎|Poster that can be printed very large at Kinko's (or other establishment) for display at fundraisers or demonstrations]] - ''[[Solar Cookers International]]''
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*[[Solar Cookers International Network|Joining the Solar Cookers International Network]]
*[[Solar Cookers World Network|Joining the Solar Cookers World Network]]
 
 
*[http://solarcooking.wikia.com/wiki/Image:Solarcookleaflet2.pdf Universal Leaflet]
 
*[http://solarcooking.wikia.com/wiki/Image:Solarcookleaflet2.pdf Universal Leaflet]
*'''Event Kit:''' Everything you need to promote solar cooking at events. Includes [[Suncookers]] DVD (with digital copy of [http://solarcooking.org/plans/plans.pdf Solar Cookers: How to Make, Use and Enjoy]), educational posters, and 30 [[Solar Cooker Review]] back issues. Can be [http://www.solarcookers.org/catalog/eventkit-p-67.html?osCsid=44eff45fa2dd2a2478808c107b593194 ordered online] from [[Solar Cookers International]].
 
   
==Cultural Variables==
 
 
{{Main|Solar cooker dissemination and cultural variables}}
 
 
*[[Obstacles to solar cooking]]
 
*[[Media:Identifying_the_Barriers_to_the_Deployment_of_Solar_Cookers_in_the_Energy-Poor_Households_of_Sub-Saharan_Africa.pdf|Identifying the barriers to the deployment of solar cookers in the energy-poor households of sub-Saharan Africa]] - ''Sarah Cochetel''
 
 
*[[Hard-won lessons]]
 
*[[Hard-won lessons]]
*'''December 2011:''' [[Media:Solar_In_Asia_Curtis_2012.pdf|Some Big Solar Cooking Project in Asia]] - ''[[Dar Curtis]], [[Solar Household Energy]]''
 
*'''July 2006:''' [[Media:Granada06_mamata_dutta.pdf|Dissemination of Solar Cooker Information]] - ''[[Mamata Dutta]]''
 
 
*'''July 2006:''' [[Media:Granada06_Paul_Kramer.pdf|Why are Solar Cookers Still Unpopular Among Development Experts?]] - ''[[Paul Krämer]]''
 
*'''July 2006:''' [[Media:Granada06_Paul_Kramer.pdf|Why are Solar Cookers Still Unpopular Among Development Experts?]] - ''[[Paul Krämer]]''
*'''July 2006:''' [[Media:Granada06_Mahnaz_Saremi.pdf|Integration of Local Culture and Perception in Marketing of Solar Cookers]] - ''[[Mahnaz Saremi]]''
 
 
*'''July 2006:''' [[Media:Granada06_Sathyavathi_Muthu.pdf|Integrated Approach for Promoting Solar Cookers in Rural Areas of Tamil Nadu]] - ''Dr. [[Sathyavathi Muthu]] and Ms. [[G. Anuradha]]''
 
*'''July 2006:''' [[Media:Granada06_Sathyavathi_Muthu.pdf|Integrated Approach for Promoting Solar Cookers in Rural Areas of Tamil Nadu]] - ''Dr. [[Sathyavathi Muthu]] and Ms. [[G. Anuradha]]''
 
*[[Refugee camps|Refugee camps with large solar cooking projects]]
 
*[[Refugee camps|Refugee camps with large solar cooking projects]]
*[[:Category:Foods requiring special handling|Foods requiring special handling]] (''ugali'', ''injera'', ''sadza'', etc.)
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*[[:Category:Foods|Information on solar cooking individual foods]] (''rice'', ''ugali'', ''injera'', ''sadza'', etc.)
 
*[http://solarcooking.org/research/specialchallenges4solarcooking.pdf The Special Challenges of Solar Cooking]
 
*[http://solarcooking.org/research/specialchallenges4solarcooking.pdf The Special Challenges of Solar Cooking]
 
*[http://solarcooking.org/story1.htm A Story Illustrating the Application of Solar Cooker Design Principles in a Field Project]
 
*[http://solarcooking.org/story1.htm A Story Illustrating the Application of Solar Cooker Design Principles in a Field Project]
 
*[http://she-inc.org/cooking-2.php State of the Art of Solar Cooking: A Global Survey of Practices & Promotion Programs]
 
*[http://she-inc.org/cooking-2.php State of the Art of Solar Cooking: A Global Survey of Practices & Promotion Programs]
*[http://solarcooking.org/advocacy/safrica1.htm Solar Cookers and Social Classes in Southern Africa]
 
 
*[http://solarcooking.org/Ligt-report1.htm Solar Cooking Dissemination Approaches and Experiences in Nepal, Mongolia, and Peru] - ''[[Allart Ligtenberg]]''
 
*[http://solarcooking.org/Ligt-report1.htm Solar Cooking Dissemination Approaches and Experiences in Nepal, Mongolia, and Peru] - ''[[Allart Ligtenberg]]''
 
*[[What can one person or a small group do to promote solar cooking?]]
 
*[[What can one person or a small group do to promote solar cooking?]]
   
==Project Evaluations==
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==Project evaluations==
*'''April 2011:''' [http://emugoldalumni.wordpress.com/2011/05/02/global-gold-alternative-cooking-technology NaDEET revisits five communities in Namibia that had received solar cooking training in 2009 - 2010.]
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{{ProjectEvaluations}}
   
*'''November 2009:''' [http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100217193405/solarcooking/images/f/ff/Touloum_Refugee_Camp_Evaluation_-_November_2009.pdf TchadSolaire Project Evaluation, Touloum Refugee Camp, Chad - Final Report]
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==Academic resources==
 
*'''October 2008:''' [http://solarcookers.org/programs/nyakach_evaluation.pdf Sunny Solutions Project in Nyakach Constituency, Nyanza Province, Kenya - Evaluation Report to Solar Cookers International]
 
 
*'''September 2008:''' [http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090105184104/solarcooking/images/e/e0/Sunny_Solutions_Final_Report_2008.pdf Sunny Solutions Program, Nyakach, Kenya - Evaluation Report to Solar Cookers International]
 
 
*'''October 2007:''' [http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080205203028/solarcooking/images/7/75/Iridimi_Evaluation_Report_October_2007_compressed.pdf Solar Cooker Project Iridimi, Refugee Camp, Chad - Final Evaluation]
 
 
*'''March 2007:''' [http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20070330214304/solarcooking/images/0/0e/Dissemination_in_Kenya_Case_Study_Dennery_2007.pdf Solar Cooker Dissemination in Kenya - Evaluation Report to Solar Cookers International]
 
 
*'''August 2006:''' [[Media:Nogales_US-Mexico_Clean_Air_Report_Excerpts_August_2006.pdf|Nogales, US-Mexico Clean Air Report Excerpts August 2006]]
 
 
*'''April 2006:''' [[Media:Lasting_Impacts_of_a_Solar_Cooker_Project_in_Bolivia,_April_2006.pdf|Lasting Impacts of a Solar Cooker Project in Bolivia - Bolivia Inti]]
 
 
*'''April 2006:''' [[Media:Lasting_Impacts_of_Solar_Cooker_Projects.pdf|Summary of Lasting Impacts of Solar Cooker Projects - Solar Household Energy, Inc.]]
 
 
*'''March 2005:''' [[Media:Utrech_U._Eval_(Olthof).pdf|Towards Sustainable Relief-Assistance, Varja Foundation Nepal]]
 
 
*'''December 2003:''' [http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100711225314/solarcooking/images/4/41/Kakuma_evaluation_2003-12.pdf Solar Cookit Project in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya - Evaluation Report to Solar Cookers International]
 
 
*'''January 2003:''' [http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20070104170736/solarcooking/images/8/8b/Aisha_Refugee_Camp_Ethiopia_Evaluation_2003.pdf Aisha Solar Cooking Project, Aisha refugee camp, Ethiopia, - Evaluation Report to Solar Cookers International]
 
 
*'''October 2001:''' [[Media:Executive_Summary_of_a_Solar_Oven_Promotion_in_Ethiopia_1997-1999.pdf|Executive Summary of a Solar Oven Promotion Program In Ethiopia: 1997 - 1999 at the Aisha refugee camp]]
 
 
*'''August 1998:''' [[Media:Summary_of_wood_consumption_study_in_Kakuma_by_Drs._B._Knudson_and_B._Lankford_August_1998._in_Kakuma.pdf|Summary of wood consumption study in Kakuma by Drs. B. Knudson and B. Lankford August 1998.]]
 
 
*[[Media:CASEP Lessons Learned.pdf|Central American Solar Energy Project (CASEP) Lessons Learned]]
 
 
==Academic Resources==
 
 
{{Main|Classroom resources}}
 
{{Main|Classroom resources}}
   
==Project Resources==
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==Project resources==
*[http://www.she-inc.org/docs/137.pdf Microfinance Intervention for Financing Solar Cooking Technologies - Financing with Savings (Executive Summary)] - ''Solar Household Energy''
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*[http://www.she-inc.org/docs/137.pdf Microfinance Intervention for Financing Solar Cooking Technologies - Financing with Savings (Executive Summary)] - ''Solar Household Energy''
 
*[[Media:IASC_TF_SAFE_Decision_Trees_FINAL-1-.pdf|Decision Tree Diagrams on Factors Affecting Choice of Fuel Strategy in Humanitarian Settings]]
 
*[[Media:IASC_TF_SAFE_Decision_Trees_FINAL-1-.pdf|Decision Tree Diagrams on Factors Affecting Choice of Fuel Strategy in Humanitarian Settings]]
 
*[http://www.prlog.org/10975762-sun-ovens-international-seeks-to-partner-with-ngos-to-promote-solar-cooking.html Sun Ovens International Seeks to Partner with NGOs to Promote Solar Cooking]
 
*[http://www.prlog.org/10975762-sun-ovens-international-seeks-to-partner-with-ngos-to-promote-solar-cooking.html Sun Ovens International Seeks to Partner with NGOs to Promote Solar Cooking]
*[[Media:25_countries_with_most_solar_cooking_potential.pdf|Statistics for the 25 countries with the greatest solar cooking potential]] - ''[[Solar Cookers International]]
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*[[Media:25_countries_with_most_solar_cooking_potential.pdf|Statistics for the 25 countries with the greatest solar cooking potential]] - ''[[Solar Cookers International]]''
*[[Predicting the usefulness of solar cooking in a given locality]] (also in [http://solarcooking.org/portugues/predicting-solar-cooker-usefulness-pt.htm Portuguese])
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*[[Predicting the usefulness of solar cooking in a given locality]] (also in [http://solarcooking.org/portugues/predicting-solar-cooker-usefulness-pt.htm Portuguese])
 
*[[Cooking for large groups]]
 
*[[Cooking for large groups]]
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*[[Supplies]]
 
*[[:Category:Materials|Detailed information on pots, foil, cardboard, etc.]]
 
*[[:Category:Materials|Detailed information on pots, foil, cardboard, etc.]]
* [http://esthergarvi.com/category/personal/life-as-a-volunteer/solar-cooker-recipe Cooking ''famine foods'' in a solar cooker]
 
 
* [[Solar cooking for the homeless]]
 
* [[Solar cooking for the homeless]]
 
*[[Clean Development Mechanism]]
 
*[[Clean Development Mechanism]]
*[[Wholesale price ranges for various solar cookers]]
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*[[Wholesale price ranges for various solar cookers]]
 
*[[Raising funds|Raising funds for your project]]
 
*[[Raising funds|Raising funds for your project]]
 
*[[Non-cooking uses]]
 
*[[Non-cooking uses]]
*[http://solarcooking.org/market.htm The untapped market for solar cookers] (also in [http://solarcooking.org/portugues/market-pt.htm Portuguese])
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*[http://solarcooking.org/market.htm The untapped market for solar cookers] (also in [http://solarcooking.org/portugues/market-pt.htm Portuguese])
 
*[[Solar radiation|Solar radiation maps]]
 
*[[Solar radiation|Solar radiation maps]]
 
*[[Hot surface warning signs]]
 
*[[Hot surface warning signs]]
   
==Business Resources==
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==Business resources==
 
*[[Income generation]]
 
*[[Income generation]]
 
*[[Mass-producing CooKits]]
 
*[[Mass-producing CooKits]]
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*[[Wholesale price ranges for various solar cookers]]
 
*[[Wholesale price ranges for various solar cookers]]
 
*[[Water Pasteurization Indicator production]]
 
*[[Water Pasteurization Indicator production]]
*[http://www.geocities.com/bvirw/solarcooking/success-solar-kitchen.html Success Story of the Development of a Solar Kitchen Using Scheffler Parabolic Cookers]
 
 
*[http://perso.wanadoo.fr/synopsis/gtz.pdf?Moving Ahead with Solar Cookers -- Acceptance and Introduction to the Market] from [[GTZ]]
 
*[http://perso.wanadoo.fr/synopsis/gtz.pdf?Moving Ahead with Solar Cookers -- Acceptance and Introduction to the Market] from [[GTZ]]
 
*[http://www.alibaba.com/showroom/solar_cooking.html All solar cooking manufacturers on Alibaba.com]
 
*[http://www.alibaba.com/showroom/solar_cooking.html All solar cooking manufacturers on Alibaba.com]
 
* '''July 2006:''' [[Media:Granada06_padmaja_reddy.pdf|Promotion of Employment Generation Through Solar Cookers and Dryers]] - ''[[Padmaja Reddy]]''
 
* '''July 2006:''' [[Media:Granada06_padmaja_reddy.pdf|Promotion of Employment Generation Through Solar Cookers and Dryers]] - ''[[Padmaja Reddy]]''
 
==Audio and video==
 
[[Video:Why Solar Cooking - Solar Household Energy|thumb|400px|left|[[Louise Meyer]] makes the case for solar cooking in this September, 2011 video.]]
 
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==See also==
 
==See also==
*[[Solar Cookers World Network]]
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*[[Most significant solar cooking projects]]
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*[[Africa|Suitability by region in Africa]]
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*[[Solar Cookers International Network]]
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*[[Promoting solar cooking in developed countries]]
 
*[[United Nations Millennium Development Goals|Solar cookers support all of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals]]
 
*[[United Nations Millennium Development Goals|Solar cookers support all of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals]]
 
*[[Solar cooker dissemination and cultural variables]]
 
*[[Solar cooker dissemination and cultural variables]]

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