Ghana and South Korea have signed an agreement for funding for 500,000 improved cook stoves to be distributed for free to rural folks who use firewood as fuel for cooking.
A memorandum of understanding between the two governments was signed in Seoul on November 1, 2018. Deputy Minister for Energy in charge of Finance and Infrastructure, Joseph Cudjoe signed on behalf of the Ghana Government.
The distribution of the improved stoves will begin from the first half of 2019 and run for five years. Korean government would spend up to US$10 million on the project, which was the initiative of Mr. Cudjoe.
Mr. Cudjoe who is also the MP for Effia Constituency explained the project would benefit both governments.
“This is a win-win transaction between Ghana and Korea because the Republic of South Korea through its Climate Change Center (CCC) stand to gain from counting the carbon emission reduction (CER) achieved through the project as their contribution to carbon reduction in the global environment whilst Ghana stands to gain from the jobs to be created through production of the stoves locally, distribution by Ghanaians as well as training in the use of the stoves” he told Takoradi-based Connect FM.
Aside the stoves being free for the beneficiaries, Mr. Cudjoe said it will reduce the use of firewood as fuel, and in effect save Ghana’s forests and vegetation cover.
He said saving Ghana’s forest is important to the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, hence the massive afforestation project by the government.
“After a successful first phase, a second phase will follow with more stoves to be installed” Mr. Cudjoe explaine.