The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (Alliance) recently published a new report - Scaling Adoption of Clean Cooking Solutions through Women’s Empowerment: A Resource Guide.

Today a staggering 4 million people around the world die annually from exposure to smoke from cookstoves. Women and children are disproportionately impacted. Although women are disproportionately impacted by dirty and inefficient cooking practices and reliance on biomass for fuel, they also are crucial partners in the widespread adoption and use of clean cooking solutions because of their central responsibility for cooking and managing household energy.

The Resource Guide is for a wide-variety of sector stakeholders – including practitioners, donors, policymakers, multinational corporations, investors, and academic institutions – to increase their understanding of why women are critical and how to ensure they are included in every clean cooking value chain segment.The guide features case studies that illustrate the successful application of particularly effective best practices.

The report includes an actionable set of lessons and best practices that will increase effectiveness in the sector and stimulate replication of mechanisms that can lead to the strongest outcomes. There are tools for each best practice to assist in its implementation, which can be found on the Alliance's online gender guide hub: http://www.cleancookstoves.org/our-work/gender-guide.html.

The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, an initiative of the United Nations Foundation is an innovative public-private partnership comprised of more than 800 partners working together to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and protect the environment by creating a thriving global market for clean cooking solutions.