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While energy efficient cookstoves have a multitude of environmental and health benefits, the proposal is lacking examples of community participation and as a result, feels top-down in its methods and approach. It's important to show evidence of community-driven interest in the project and involvement.
Helping people reduce their carbon emissions through household cooking, while also reducing health risks at the same time is a noteworthy effort. This is crucial for the developing world and can have a huge impact on not only climate change, deforestation and natural resource management, but also on the health of local populations. However, I would have liked to see this proposal address the costs to regular people of transitioning to these energy efficient stovetops. As a nonprofit organization, how is this group helping to make this transition more affordable for people? Are there subsidies, scholarships, or other financial aid mechanisms to ensure that people can afford to transition to more energy efficient cooking methods? The education efforts here are clear, but the costs for people need to be addressed.
While not particularly innovative, I think this proposal has a lot of merits and could provide some positive, direct impacts. My only concern is that they have not addressed any of the challenges that will arise from this project. While I believe that it is feasible, I think the authors need to consider things like cultural context, local knowledge, etc.
Seems like the proposal is trying to sell a product. How are your trying to make these affordable?
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