Mallama recently received the stove at the Bakassi IDP camp in Borno State, where she lives with her husband and four children. Distributed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) thanks to the support of the Government of Norway, about 12 000 households, the majority of whom are internally displaced, will receive the stoves in 2018. About 5 000 have been distributed so far.
The dadin kowa is locally produced from clay sourced in Borno and cladded with metal for durability. It is simple, easy to use, lessens the demand for firewood by 65 percent and drastically cuts the amount of smoke produced when compared to traditional cooking methods in the northeast.
"Cooking with the old stoves was making many of us women sick, especially in the chest and eyes. Cooking for my family is a lot easier on this stove, " Mallama said.
FAO trained about 100 local artisans in the dadin kowa production and established three production centres for the stoves in Konduga, Jere and Maiduguri, Borno State.