May 26, 2012

Solar Cookers in Morocco

Today, I read an article about solar cookers in Morocco.  What an ingenious idea.  They look like a satellite dish but is made for cooking.  The rural women of Morocco would have to literally go for miles trying to find fuel for cooking.  The forests have been severly damaged because of this. The Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECI) introduced 150 new solar cookers. Their aim is to overcome poverty and exclusion, the agency promotes using technology and renewable energy to strengthen the social and economic fabric of rural society and contribute to the successful management of natural capital and environmental preservation.

With some of the best concentration of sunlight in the world, Morocco is one of a few North African countries involved in the Desertec program to supply power to Europe. By 2020, the country hopes to install 2 Gigawatts of power, but these programs aren’t likely to trickle down to the country’s rural areas.

If the use of these solar cookers spread across Morocco like satellite dishes have done, hundreds of thousands of women in rural areas with no access to gas will wave goodbye to the daily hassle of collecting wood under extreme weather conditions.  These cookers will allow women to be more productive in their homes and community.  The video is in Arabic, but you will understand what is going on.  Tell me what you think.