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Cooking Fuel Company (CFC)

We provide low income families with a modern and efficient cook stove, using affordable and sustainable cooking fuels: - bamboo wood chips from our bamboo plantation and pellets made from sawdust and other biomass waste.

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Stage 3: Proof of Concept

Our Madagascan bamboo plantation has almost matured. We are getting ready to harvest a portion of the bamboo to be wood chipped for sale to families, who we have identified to be part of the pilot, who will be provided with a modern cookstove.

Registered as a For-Profit in Kenya.

Focus Areas:

Agriculture, Biomass/BioFuel and Clean Cooking

Agriculture, Biomass/BioFuel and Clean CookingSEE LESS

Funds Raised to Date


Charcoal is the primary cooking fuel for low income Malagasy families who do not have access to alternative cooking fuels. Charcoal is produced from wood sourced from the unsustainable harvesting of natural forests. This is devastating Madagascar's unique biodiversity and contributing to climate change. Dwindling wood supplies and a growing population are accelerating deforestation and increasing charcoal prices, which intensifies poverty and reduces climate change resilience.



We will manufacture and sell high quality, sustainably sourced cooking fuel from a thick-walled bamboo and other biomass waste (e.g. sawdust). Our pilot bamboo plantation, established in 2011 is now fully mature and ready to be harvested. Biomass waste from the town will also be collected for pelletising. Participating households are freely provided with an efficient, modern cookstove and remit payment for the cooking fuel through mobile money, with the cooking fuel hand delivered by our agents.

Target Beneficiaries

CFC benefits the lowest income families in the town of Fort Dauphin, Madagascar. Charcoal is a significant expense for these communities, limiting their ability to break the poverty cycle. Low cost and affordable cooking fuel and free cookstoves will aid in breaking this cycle. Women and girls are also exposed to poor indoor air quality and health issues from inefficient, low-quality cookstoves emitting noxious fumes - providing modern cookstoves will therefore serve to improve their health.

Mission and Vision

Vision: The return of the depth and beauty of Madagascar’s rainforests

Mission: To build a sustainable cooking fuel industry based on affordable and safe cooking fuels purposefully-grown in Madagascar

We aim to provide access to clean cooking fuels and improve health through the reduction of indoor air pollution. We want to address illegal deforestation to preserve the world’s most fragile, threatened and biodiverse ecosystems whilst decreasing C02 emissions.

Innovation Description

Our innovation is to transform the way low-income families in Madagascar cook, by granting them a high quality, gasifying stove with the ability to purchase affordable, sustainable cooking fuels, perfectly packaged to fit the cook stove.
We will manufacture and sell high-quality sustainable wood chips produced from thick-walled bamboo and fast-growing trees selected and grown specifically for energy purposes. In addition, pellets will be made from sawdust and other available biomass waste. We will do this on our own sustainably managed plantation nearby the town of Fort Dauphin. The pellets will be produced from sawdust (widely available in Fort Dauphin and considered a waste product) and biomass waste, which can be collected from the surrounding countryside at no environmental cost. Households will be equipped with modern gasifying stoves, paying only a small up front deposit. They will enjoy price-stabilised sustainably-produced cooking fuel and a far more convenient modern cooking methodthat does not emit noxious fumes indoors.The resulting operation is economically viable; revenues from the sale of fuel will cover the cost of production, management and plantation improvements, and replacement of thecookstoveswhen necessary. We hope that by demonstrating the feasibility of this in our pilot will enableCFC to scale up to cover additional households(and in due course expand to other towns in Madagascar).

Competitive Advantage

There are no other large local providers of sustainably produced biomass fuels in Madagascar. Alternative cooking fuels, such as gas or electricity, are unaffordable for but a small fraction of the population. The main competing product therefore remains traditionally and inefficiently produced charcoal originating from natural forests. However, because of rapid deforestation the amount of biomass available for traditional carbonisation is rapidly diminishing – threatening the longer-term cooking fuel supply. A large-scaleethanolcookstoveand fuel productionproject has recently been announced with World Bank fundingwhich will supply the capital of Madagascar with ethanol fuel and appropriatecookstoves. However, ethanol is considerably more expensive than charcoalper unit of delivered cooking energy. This solution therefore is not suitable and excludes low income families, who are the majority of the Malagasy population.
Funding Goal98,631
New FeatureWe are looking to purchase an industrial wood chipper to be able to chip the bamboo from our plantation and pelletisation for other biomass.


Sep 2017
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
Cooking Stove Trials
Mar 2012
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
Bamboo Plantation Trial commenced
Oct 2011
Funds RaisedPENDING
Nov 2010
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
Feasibility Assessments completed
Oct 2011

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