What is Clean Cooking?

SECCCO has developed a model that thrives on tapping the enormous amount of sunshine for production in the agricultural sector. The REAP model supports solar powered water pumps in the communities for crop production as well as supporting the fishing businesses with powering solar powered freezers to preserve their catch and encourage cross border trading.

What is Clean Cooking?

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has recognized clean cooking as a means of addressing short-lived climate forcers like black carbon. In addition, a clean cooking indicator was included in and is being tracked as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. While investment levels are far from where they need to be, more investors are now recognizing that emerging business models can tap into unrealized market.

The Value of Clean Cooking

Switching to clean cooking – using modern stoves and fuels – transforms lives by improving health, protecting the climate and the environment, empowering women, and helping consumers save time and money.

Why we need clean cooking

Cooking without clean stoves and fuels releases toxic pollutants into the environment and endangers the health and well-being of billions across the globe. In Somalia over 90% of our households cook using dirty and inefficient fuels and stoves exposing the users mostly women and children to chronic diseases and waste of valuable time. Three stone, wood burning, cook stove producing pollutants into the air causing Household Air Pollution (HAP). Today’s highly efficient stoves can reduce fuel use by 30-60%, lowering climate-harming emissions. Cooking with clean fuel is better for children. Clean cooking can reduce the severity and duration of respiratory diseases in children

The problem

Polluting, open fires and inefficient stoves cause many harmful impacts that impede economic and social development. Cleaner, more modern stoves and fuels have the potential to reduce deaths from smoke-related illnesses, mitigate climate change, and lower air pollution.

They also can provide new sources of livelihoods for women — while reducing the risk and drudgery of fuel collection — and can lower household expenditures on cooking fuel.


At SECCCO we have made efforts and designed a market-based approach to address clean cooking progress with support from our partners. Our beneficiaries now have access to and are using cleaner, more modern stoves and fuels. Although a lot has to be done in the sub-sector, we are constantly advocating for clean cooking to be made part of Nationally Determined Contributions under the Paris Climate Agreement in order to attract more funding locally and globally. Making clean cooking a top-tier national priority to achieve universal access—will require a sustained, well-coordinated effort that harnesses strengths and resources from a broad range of actors and channels significant funding to the sector. To facilitate this much needed coordination.