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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.]]
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==Project planning==
[[Video:Why Solar Cooking - Solar Household Energy|thumb|350px||[[Louise Meyer]] makes the case for solar cooking in this September, 2011 video.]]
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===Determine whether solar cooking is appropriate in your area===
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|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.
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* [[Predicting the usefulness of solar cooking in a given locality]]
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* [[Media:25_countries_with_most_solar_cooking_potential.pdf|Statistics for the 25 countries with the greatest solar cooking potential]]
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* [http://solarcooking.org/research/specialchallenges4solarcooking.pdf The Special Challenges of Solar Cooking]
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* [[Solar cooker dissemination and cultural variables]]
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* [[Obstacles to solar cooking]]
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*[[Solar radiation|Solar radiation maps]]
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* [[Media:Granada06_Paul_Kramer.pdf|Why are Solar Cookers Still Unpopular Among Development Experts?]] - ''[[Paul Krämer]]''
   
Schools can also become involved in teaching solar cooking--both as a tool for teaching science concepts and as a practical matter of survival and home economics. 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. The government in [[India]] however, has become increasingly more involved, by promoting institutional solar cooking and integrating solar cooking technology into public school curriculums and the midday school lunch program.
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===Learn from the work of others and make contacts===
   
[[Deepak Gadhia]] reported in 2012 that the Indian government has announced a very ambitious Solar Cooking Policy under the [http://greenp.engo.in/files/2012/01/Nation-Solar-Mission-Policy.pdf Jawharlal Nehru National Solar Mission] ,  JNSSM Phase II Targets for "Solar Cookers and Steam Generating Systems will include: <span style="text-indent:-0.5in;line-height:18pt;font-size:10pt;font-family:Helvetica;color:rgb(38,38,38);">At-least 100 institutions that would deploy solar cookers  (Likely [http://solarcooking.wikia.com/wiki/Institutional_solar_cooking Solar Steam and Thermic Fluid System Cooking Systems] for Institutional Cooking for 500 + people);</span><span style="text-indent:-0.5in;line-height:18pt;font-size:10pt;font-family:Helvetica;">  </span><span style="text-indent:-0.5in;line-height:18pt;font-size:10pt;font-family:Helvetica;color:rgb(38,38,38);">Around 25,000 installations of solar cooking devices in schools for midday meals. (Likely [http://www.solare-bruecke.org/English/scheffler_e-Dateien/scheffler_e.htm Scheffler Cookers], [http://solarcooking.wikia.com/wiki/PRINCE_-_40 PRINCE 40, 60] and other mid-size solar cookers that can cook for 50+ people;  </span><span style="text-indent:-0.5in;line-height:18pt;font-size:10pt;font-family:Helvetica;"><span style="font-size:7pt;line-height:normal;font-family:'TimesNewRoman';"> </span></span><span style="text-indent:-0.5in;line-height:18pt;font-size:10pt;font-family:Helvetica;color:rgb(38,38,38);">An overall target of deployment of 50,000 solar cookers would be set in Phase II of JNNSM. (Likely the [http://solarcooking.wikia.com/wiki/SK14 SK 10/ Sk 14/] [http://www.iaeng.org/publication/WCE2011/WCE2011_pp1949-1951.pdf Prince 15] etc for domestic cooking).</span>
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* [[:Category:Countries|Find existing promoters in your country of interest]].
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* [[Most significant solar cooking projects]]
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* [[Project evaluations]]
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* [[Hard-won lessons]]
   
[[Ajay Chandak]] also noted that the Indian government's <span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif'; color: black; font-size: 10pt">12th five-year plan, 2012-2016, 30,000 million INR (approx. $600 million USD) is budgeted for solar cooking in 500,000 schools. This will not only help in saving environment, but will expose millions and millions of school children to solar cooking and build the confidence that these systems work. </span> {{FeaturedProjects}}
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===Access handbooks and training materials===
   
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.
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* Jewish World Watch has created a manual that details what has been learned that will assure a successful refugee project: [[Media:Solar Cooker Project Best Practices Manual.pdf|Solar Cooker Project: Best Practices Manual]]
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*[[Media:TrainersManual.pdf|'''''Trainers Manual: Teaching Solar Cooking''''']] - ''[[Solar Cookers International]]'''
   
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/].
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*[[Media:FieldGuide.pdf|'''''Field Guide: Spreading Solar Cooking''''']] - ''[[Solar Cookers International]]''
   
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.
 
 
==Recent news and developments==
 
*'''December 2012: Alternative energy funding groups offer options for technology promoters''' - The International Renewable Energy Agency(IRENA) is welcoming online applications with project summaries for concessional loans worth USD 50 million from the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) to facilitate renewable energy projects in developing countries, in the first of seven funding cycles totalling USD 350 million. Renewable energy projects must be government-led or government-guaranteed. Online applications close on 12 January 2013, 17:00 (Abu Dhabi local time). [http://www.irena.org/adfd More information...] The [[Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves]] is also offering funding possibilities for new businesses. The Alliance’s Spark Fund (Fund) launches its first round of funding with this Request for Proposal (RFP) as part of the strategy to strengthen supply and enhance demand in the cookstove and fuels sector through innovation and tailored entrepreneurial capacity development. Unfortunately the final submission date is January 10, 2013. [http://www.cleancookstoves.org/funding-opportunities/spark-fund-i.html More information...]
 
 
==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: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?]]
 
*[http://www.solarcookers.org/programs/advocacy_packet.pdf Advocacy handouts provided for your use by Solar Cookers International]
 
*[[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
 
*[[Organizing Solar Cooking Events]]
 
*[http://www.ehow.com/how_6358578_promote-solar-cooking-fairs.html How to Promote Solar Cooking at Fairs]
 
*[[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]]''
 
*[[Solar Cookers World Network|Joining the Solar Cookers World Network]]
 
*[http://solarcooking.wikia.com/wiki/Image:Solarcookleaflet2.pdf Universal Leaflet]
 
   
==Cultural Variables==
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* [[Media:Integrated Sustainable Solar Cooking-SCN-2011.pdf|Integrated Sustainable Solar Cooking - Instruction leaflet for end users]] - ''[[Solar Cookers Netherlands]]''
   
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*[http://www.solarcooking.nl/upload/10313_SCN%20Kozon%20flyer%20ISSC+WP%2014%20okt%202009.pdf One-page leaflet for public promotion for illiterate cooks using the Integrated Cooking method]
   
*[[Obstacles to solar cooking]]
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* [[:Category:Foods|Information on solar cooking individual foods]] (''rice'', ''ugali'', ''injera'', ''sadza'', etc.)
*[[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]]
 
*'''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_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]]''
 
*[[Refugee camps|Refugee camps with large solar cooking projects]]
 
*[[:Category:Foods requiring special handling|Foods requiring special handling]] (''ugali'', ''injera'', ''sadza'', etc.)
 
*[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://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]]''
 
*[[What can one person or a small group do to promote solar cooking?]]
 
   
==Project Evaluations==
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===Determine which model(s) to work with===
*'''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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* [[:Category:Solar cooker designs|Solar cooker designs]]
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* [[:Category:Solar cooker plans|Solar cooker construction plans]]
   
*'''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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===Determine the suitability and availability of materials and components===
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*'''October 2008:''' [http://solarcookers.org/programs/nyakach_evaluation.pdf Sunny Solutions Project in Nyakach Constituency, Nyanza Province, Kenya - Evaluation Report to Solar Cookers International]
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===Consider additional technologies to introduce===
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* [[Integrated Cooking Method]]
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* [[Heat-retention cooking]]
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* [[Solar water pasteurization]]
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* [[Solar food drying]]
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* [[Pot-in-pot cooler]]
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* [[Solar food processing]]
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* [[Solar autoclave]]
   
*'''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]
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===Fund your project===
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*[[Raising funds through grants and donations]]
*'''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]
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*[[Income generation|Raising funds through manufacturing and/or sales]]
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*[[Microcredit]]
*'''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]
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*[[Carbon credits]]
 
*'''August 2006:''' [[Media:Nogales_US-Mexico_Clean_Air_Report_Excerpts_August_2006.pdf|Nogales, US-Mexico Clean Air Report Excerpts August 2006]]
 
 
*'''July 2006:''' [[:Category:Conference papers|Papers presented at past solar cooking conferences]]
 
 
*'''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}}
 
 
==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''
 
*[[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]
 
*[[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])
 
*[[Cooking for large groups]]
 
*[[:Category:Materials|Detailed information on pots, foil, cardboard, etc.]]
 
* [[Solar cooking for the homeless]]
 
*[[Clean Development Mechanism]]
 
*[[Wholesale price ranges for various solar cookers]]
 
*[[Raising funds|Raising funds for your project]]
 
*[[Non-cooking uses]]
 
*[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]]
 
*[[Hot surface warning signs]]
 
 
==Business Resources==
 
*[[Income generation]]
 
 
*[[Mass-producing CooKits]]
 
*[[Mass-producing CooKits]]
 
*[[Solar restaurants and bakeries]]
 
*[[Solar restaurants and bakeries]]
*[[Turnkey manufacturing systems]] (Certain high-quality manufactured solar cookers are available for local production in developing countries.)
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*[[Solar food processing]]
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==Additional resources==
*[[Cost savings from solar cooking]]
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* [[What you can do to promote solar cooking]]
*[[Microcredit]]
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*[[Presentations]] - PowerPoint slide decks that can be used to introduce solar cooking to groups
*[[Wholesale price ranges for various solar cookers]]
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*[[:Category:Foods|Information on solar cooking individual foods]]
*[[Water Pasteurization Indicator production]]
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*[[Organizing Solar Cooking Events]]
*[http://perso.wanadoo.fr/synopsis/gtz.pdf?Moving Ahead with Solar Cookers -- Acceptance and Introduction to the Market] from [[GTZ]]
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* [[Cooking for large groups]]
*[http://www.alibaba.com/showroom/solar_cooking.html All solar cooking manufacturers on Alibaba.com]
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* [[Institutional solar cooking]]
* '''July 2006:''' [[Media:Granada06_padmaja_reddy.pdf|Promotion of Employment Generation Through Solar Cookers and Dryers]] - ''[[Padmaja Reddy]]''
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* [[Refugee camps|Refugee camps with large solar cooking programs]]
   
 
==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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Project planningEdit

Determine whether solar cooking is appropriate in your areaEdit

Learn from the work of others and make contactsEdit

Access handbooks and training materialsEdit

Solar Cooker Project Best Practices Manual

Determine which model(s) to work withEdit

Determine the suitability and availability of materials and componentsEdit


Consider additional technologies to introduceEdit

Fund your projectEdit

Additional resourcesEdit

See alsoEdit

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