• Through the first five years of HPP’s work in Laos 30,000 people in 19 villages have been reached.

  • Facts: 800 toilets built, 38 community wells constructed and community water supply in 4 villages reestablished

Farmers' Clubs | Household Biomass Gasifiers

As part of the Farmers’ Club project in Bolikhan District, one group decided to setup their own community-based organisation (CBO) at the end of the overall Farmers' Club project. The CBO, FG456 in Ban Phameuang, succeeded in receiving funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for purchasing 200 Household Biomass Gasifiers. These gasifiers are fuelled by rice husk, a leftover product from milling rice. Household Biomass Gasifiers do not release any smoke or other emissions which are harmful to people’s health and the environment. Traditionally, villagers cook over wood or charcoal fires which constitute a health risk, especially when burnt indoors, while also contributing to deforestation.

 

One of the participants with his gasifier, inside its protective stove

One of the participants with his gasifier, inside its protective stove

Rice husk is a leftover product from rice milling

Rice husk is a leftover product from rice milling

The task of collecting firewood usually is one of the many responsibilities of women, and thus the gasifiers also help with relieving them from having to do so, thereby furthering women’s empowerment. Moreover, after the rice husk has been gasified, the resulting biochar can be used to enhance organic fertiliser in vegetable gardens. HPP Laos supported FG456 in every step on the way, from applying for funding over distributing gasifiers to training families in how to use and maintain them, as well as raising awareness of climate change mitigation and adaptation in the community.

One of the 200 Household Biomass Gasifiers in Ban Phameuang in action

One of the 200 Household Biomass Gasifiers in Ban Phameuang in action

Traditional cooking methods on open fires release a lot of emissions and are thus harmful to peoples' health as well as the environment

Traditional cooking methods on open fires release a lot of emissions and are thus harmful to peoples' health as well as the environment

Mr. Tengzong, one of the participants, explains: 'I like the gasifiers very much because we can use waste from the rice harvest (rice husk) to make the fire. We don't normally use the rice husk so we save money on it, instead of buying charcoal. It is good for the environment because we do not need to cut down the trees for firewood. We have no smoke in the kitchen when we cook the food, and smoke is not healthy for my family. We also get biochar from the rice husk after it has been used in the gasifier, and we can mix it with animal dung and use it in the garden as fertilizer.'

Programmes within Farmers' Club

  • November 07, 2017 Farmers Clubs HPP Laos

    Farmers' Clubs | Goat pass-on scheme

    Funded by the German Embassy, HPP Laos implemented two goat pass-on projects in Bolikhan District. The idea is simple yet effective: Partcipating families receive goats and agree to pass on the first few weaned kids to other families in their community. They…

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