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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 International Network's]] (SCInet'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 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.
 
 
[[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>
 
 
[[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. The education initiative happening in India is included among the [[Most significant solar cooking projects]] worldwide. These projects demonstrate success either in reaching large numbers of people, showing new strategies for solar cooking promotion, or by incorporating solar cooking for [[income generation]]. </span>
 
 
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.
 
 
Listed below in this article are a number of resources that are helpful when setting up a solar cooking (or integrated cooking) project.
 
 
 
==Advocacy and publicity==
 
==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]
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*[[Media:TrainersManual.pdf|'''''Trainers Manual: Teaching Solar Cooking''''']] - ''[[Solar Cookers International]]''
*[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]]
*[[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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*[[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]]''
*[[Solar Cookers World Network|Joining the Solar Cookers World Network]]
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*[[Solar Cookers International Network|Joining the Solar Cookers International Network]]
 
*[http://solarcooking.wikia.com/wiki/Image:Solarcookleaflet2.pdf Universal Leaflet]
 
*[http://solarcooking.wikia.com/wiki/Image:Solarcookleaflet2.pdf Universal Leaflet]
   
 
*[[Hard-won lessons]]
 
*[[Hard-won lessons]]
*'''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_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]
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==Project evaluations==
 
==Project evaluations==
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{{ProjectEvaluations}}
*'''September 2013:''' [[Klaus Schulte]] follows up on solar cooker use in Bamti Bhander, [[Nepal]] ten years after the introduction of parabolic solar cookers. [[Media:Ten_years_with_Energy_Hunters_of_Nepal_in_Bamti_Bhandar_2013.pdf|Ten years with Energy Hunters of Nepal in Bamti Bhander 2013 - ''Klaus Schulte'']]
 
 
*'''January 2013:''' [[Media:Performance_Studies_of_a_Multipurpose_Solar_Energy_System_for_Remote_Areas_Abhishek_Saxena_Ghanshyam_Srivastava,_MIT_International_Journal_of_Mechanical_Engineering,_Vol._3,_No._1,_Jan._2013,.pdf|Performance Studies of a Multipurpose Solar Energy System for Remote Areas - MIT International Journal of Mechanical Engineering, Vol. 3, No. 1,]]
 
 
*'''January 2013:''' [[Media:Performance_Evaluation_of_Parabolic_Solar_Disc_for_Indoor_Cooking,_Suple,_Thombre,_1-13.pdf|Performance Evaluation of Parabolic Solar Disc for Indoor Cooking - Yogesh Suple & S.B. Thomre]]
 
 
*'''April 2011:''' [http://archive.is/20121225183554/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.]
 
 
*'''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]
 
 
*'''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]
 
 
*'''July 2007:''' [[Media:Wentzel_South_Africa_Solar_Cooking_Impact_2007.pdf‎ |The development impact of solar cookers: A review of solar cooking impact research in South Africa ]] - ''[[Marlett Wentzel]] and [[Anastassios Pouris]]''
 
 
*'''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]]
 
 
*[[: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.]]
 
 
*'''February 2006:''' [[Media:Pell_f-02-06-Dissertation_copy.pdf|Christopher Pell Thesis, Solar Cookers in Bolivia: patterns of usage, social impacts and complexities of enumeration]]
 
 
*'''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]]
 
   
 
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