In 2005 the Senegal Ecovillage Network hosted 10 nutrition interns from Laval University who did an excellent job of social marketing research with women home-makers. Together they launched our first solar oven project in the town of Mekhe, and produced a cookbook of Senegalese Solar Oven recipes. Three 2006 summer interns, two junior engineering students from the local Polytechnic, and team leader engineer Melissa Zgola, from Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) collected excellent evaluation data for this program, not all of which has yet been analyzed. One of the analyses, however, which we hope to capitalize on later, was carried out by Jeff Leopando from Harvard College in 2007. Jeff succeeded in controlling for substitutions effects, as women used more poluting wood and charcoal cooking fuel to offset the rise in cost of butane. He demonstrated that each well-functioning oven offset an average of 4 MT (metric tons) of CO2 emissions per year. University of Minnesota Intern Hannah Gelder, continued work on CO2 offsetting both for us and for the regional office of the Global Environmental Fund. This solar oven initiative in Meckhe has started a new project phase. The Minister of Science & Technology visited the new oven project and approved of the solar-cooked national favorite fish with rice dish “Thieb-u Dien.” -it’s moving!
[This text was borrowed from http://gensenegal.org/Ecoyoff-Newsletter25.pdf in February 2009.]
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