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NACC holds Social Media Training for  Partners

NACC holds Social Media Training for Partners

Clean cookstoves entrepreneurs and other NACC partners in Nigeria participated in an innovative social media workshop designed to help them to enhance their advocacy and marketing of their clean cookstoves/fuels in order to achieve better results. The training workshop was intended to infuse professional approaches in the use of social media, to raise awareness about, create demand for and serve customers effectively. It is no longer news that social media has come to stay! In today’s world where everything is migrating online, partners of the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves will be left behind if customers cannot find their products or services online. In the words of Bill Gates, “If your business is not on the internet, then your business will be out of business”! To this end, one-day in-person social media training was organized by Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 in Abuja, to equip partners of the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves with tools for an effective online presence and a strategic social media management plan for their businesses. It was emphasized that social media tools will be effective if they are differentiated in content suiting to various audiences and used along with other modes of communication such as print media, radio, word of the mouth etc. Participants worked through a series of “learn by doing” sessions on defining a winning social media strategy, effective presence on Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn, and how to automate the processes in these social media platforms. The training also covered the basics of blogging, measuring social media metrics for success and shared useful/free tools for digital marketing... read more
LISCOA donate stoves to IDPs

LISCOA donate stoves to IDPs

The Ladies International Social Club of Abuja (LISCOA) (formerly known as Abuja International Women’s Club – AIWC), recently empowered Internally Displaced People in Yola, Adamawa State! The women only club was concerned about how other women in rural communities are exposed to the danger of smoke inhalation while cooking and decided to donate energy efficient wood stoves to help reduce the menace of smoke related diseases to women. Women in the IDP camp also stand the risk of sexual molestation whenever they go to the bush to fetch firewood to cook for their family. This intervention will go a long way in protecting the female IDPs from sexual molestation and smoke inhalation which causes various respiratory diseases. The LISCOA is a non-political, non-religious, non-profitable organization established for women from the International community residing in and around Abuja and has decided to make an impact in the lives of vulnerable women. The main purpose of the club is to promote friendship and understanding among women of diverse nationalities by organizing humanitarian, recreational and social... read more
Nigeria Clean Cooking Forum 2017 – Save the Date!

Nigeria Clean Cooking Forum 2017 – Save the Date!

The Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves in partnership with the Ministry of Environment has announced October 19, 2017 as the official date for this year’s clean cooking forum! The Forum which is organized by the NACC and the FME in collaboration with other stakeholders will focus on scaling up domestic production. This is in line with the Federal Government’s policy option of promoting “Made in Nigeria” products. Discussions will revolve around; what government can do to stimulate local production of clean cookstoves; how to strengthen the LPG market through public awareness for LPG; Expanding the market for clean cookstoves through standards and labelling; and promoting Safe Access to Fuels and Energy (SAFE) in the North East. This will help develop local content, create employment and empower people as well as enhance the economy. Save the date, you don’t want to miss... read more
Africare Nigeria launches “Upgrade to Gas” Campaign

Africare Nigeria launches “Upgrade to Gas” Campaign

Africare Nigeria launched their Behavioural Change Campaign (BCC), tagged “Upgrade to Gas” in Lagos state and Abuja from 25-28 July 2017. The Campaign, funded by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves seeks to increase awareness, adoption and use of LPG cookstoves among households in Nigeria. Prior to the launch, Africare had engaged with key stakeholders and project influencers including Nigeria LPG Association (NLPGA), Gas to Health Initiative, Lagos State Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, the LPG Retailers Association (LPGAR), UN Women, Solar Sisters, Techno Oil, Women in LPG (WINLPG) Nigeria Chapter and the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (NACC) among others. Officials from the NLPGA have also trained staff of Africare on various aspects of LPG use and basic fire safety. On the occasion of the launch of the campaign at Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Abuja, the representative of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Brenda Ataga, Special Adviser, Downstream, promised that the ministry will do everything possible to ensure that gas is affordable, available and accessible to households. She stated that the ministry has a programme in the pipeline that will support women to start gas businesses (marketing and distribution to rural communities). Mrs Sube, representing the Federal Ministry of Health, emphasized the need for everyone to switch to LPG as a cleaner and healthier alternative to firewood and charcoal. Mrs M.M Abam, representing the Energy Commission of Nigeria pledged the commission’s willingness to support Africare in achieving their objective as it is part of the commission’s mandate. The launch was also attended by representatives of Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas, Federal... read more
Australia Empowers IDPs in Adamawa

Australia Empowers IDPs in Adamawa

The Australian High Commission in partnership with the International Centre for Energy, Environment and Development has provided institutional clean cookstoves to Internally Displaced Persons in Malkohi and Fufore camps in Adamawa State. This is the second time in 2 years the High Commission is providing the much-needed support in expanding access to safe fuels and energy for IDPs in the State. This initiative has built the capacity of over 200 IDPs including women and youths in the state on efficient household and institutional woodstoves production, installation and sales. The stoves, produced using locally sourced raw materials, significantly reduce emissions of harmful gases compared to the traditional three-stone stoves. Firewood consumption with the new stoves is reduced by about 60% thus making a very significant saving on the cost of cooking fuel. In addition, the cooks have achieved better health as a result of less exposure to smoke. Furthermore, the introduction of the stoves has made the IDPs an important agent in the fight against deforestation and climate change. According to Hauwa Ali, the Chief cook in Malkohi camp “The new stove cooks faster than the 3-stone stove with little quantity of firewood. With the old stove, we do not sleep well at night due to exposure to the heat in the kitchen and our eyes are always itchy and red but the new stove is smokeless and there is no heat”, she said. Access to fuel-efficient stoves, cooking fuel and lighting is usually a minimum standard in humanitarian response. However, while clean cookstoves and lighting are all recognized as life-saving non-food items provided to IDPs, these minimum requirements are... read more
ECREEE & ICEED CONDUCT COOKSTOVES TRAINING

ECREEE & ICEED CONDUCT COOKSTOVES TRAINING

The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) in collaboration with the International Centre for Energy, Environment & Development (ICEED) conducted a capacity building programme for scientists and representatives of the clean cooking energy industry in West Africa on clean cookstoves testing and standards. The training programme held at the ICEED Clean Energy Development Centre in Afikpo, Ebonyi State from June 5 – 9, 2017. It brought together about thirty (30) participants from Benin, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo to learn the latest developments on stove testing and standards and forge collaboration among West African countries. Testing and standards are important to growing the market for the clean cooking energy solutions in the region. Lack of standards and regulations for clean cookstoves hinders stove manufacturers’ efforts to differentiate their stoves, and also prevents consumers, investors and donors from making informed decisions. Despite the importance of stove testing and standards, a majority of countries in the region do not have testing laboratories and lack the required capacity and awareness on stove testing and standards. The event introduced the participants to the various stove testing protocols and the requirements for completing a stove test, analysis and certification. Participants were also introduced to the Laboratory Emissions Monitoring System and its application in stove testing, analysis and certification using the Water Boiling Test (WBT) Protocol. There was hands-on training for everyone on stove testing, results entry, analysis and the process of grading and certifying stoves in Tiers. The event also discussed the development of national and regional standards for clean cookstoves and the participation... read more
ECOWAS partners ICEED on cookstoves testing and standards – Press release

ECOWAS partners ICEED on cookstoves testing and standards – Press release

In collaboration with the International Centre for Energy, Environment & Development (ICEED), the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREE) is training scientists and representatives of the clean cooking energy industry in West Africa on testing and standards. The training programme held at the ICEED Clean Energy Tr2C 2017 brings together about thirty representatives of the clean cooking industry in West Africa to learn the latest developments on stove testing and standards and forge collaboration among West African countries. Over 90% of households in the ECOWAS region are dependent on traditional use of wood as a primary energy source for cooking. Globally, smoke from the kitchen results in over four million deaths annually. Traditional cooking methods are also expensive, burning up to 90% more wood than is necessary and costing poor families in West Africa money that could be put to better use on education, health and nutrition. In welcoming the participants, the Chairman of Afikpo North Local Government Council, Chief Oko Enyum applauded ECOWAS and its agency ECREEE for providing leadership in dealing with the important problem of access to clean cooking energy. According to him, “Afikpo is proud to host representatives of almost all the countries in West Africa on such an important issue. We are a peace loving people and our town presents an ideal location for knowledge based work and investments”. He thanked ICEED for helping in building skills for the West African region. Testing and standards are key to growing the market for the clean cooking energy soket for the clean cooking energy solutions in the region. Lack of standards and regulations... read more
NEWMAP Commences Stove Distribution in 7 States

NEWMAP Commences Stove Distribution in 7 States

The Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) have commenced the dissemination of households and institutional clean cookstoves in its seven (7) pilot states. This is part of the multifaceted efforts by NEWMAP to manage the gully erosion and watershed challenges in Nigeria as well as reduce the rate of deforestation in the pilot states. The seven (7) pilot states are southern states with acute gully erosion – Abia, Anambra, Cross River, Ebonyi, Edo, Enugu and Imo States. The project will stimulate demand and create the market for clean cookstoves in Nigeria with an initial focus on these pilot states. The flag-off of the stove dissemination was a one-day ceremony which took place in Enugu State at Ugwunto community, Udi Local Government Area. It was attended by traditional rulers, members of the community, staff and state coordinator of NEWMAP. Ebonyi, Cross-River and Edo states have also flagged off their dissemination within the project communities. The project will compliment the National Clean Cookstove Market Development Programme (NCCMDP) which is an initiative of the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Federal Ministry of Environment. It is being developed with assistance from the Nigerian Infrastructure Advisory Facility (NIAF) in collaboration with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and the Nigerian Alliance for Clean... read more
WEA and WISE empower women in Kaduna on clean cooking

WEA and WISE empower women in Kaduna on clean cooking

Women’s Earth Alliance (WEA) USA in partnership with Women Initiative for Sustainable Environment (WISE) Nigeria organized a training program for Kaduna State Women on Clean Cookstoves from May 24 – 28, 2017 at Jacaranda Farm Resort in Kaduna State. The event was an opportunity to promote women leadership and entrepreneurship, gender equality and contribute to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). During the event, women entrepreneurial skill was built on clean cookstoves distribution and they formed a network to advocate for clean cooking at the local and national levels. As part of the event, a one-day ‘Cookstoves Fair’ was held where some partners of Nigerian Alliance for clean cookstove exhibited their products. The fair facilitated face-to-face business interaction between participants and manufacturers of clean cookstoves. 30 women entrepreneurs were paired in twos, forming a team of 15. Each team plans to commit to a specific action plan for the year of training in order to develop and scale their business and outreach program. The organizers will give a grant of N105,000 to each team to kick-start the procurement of clean cookstoves, provide follow-up support for each team, and link them to micro-finance for loans to scale up their businesses. Women were chosen because they are typically the primary household energy managers and they have more interpersonal interactions with other members of their communities than men. It is expected that through this training, the women entrepreneurs will reach about 13,000 people in Kaduna State in the next one year. This will help empower fellow women leaders in their communities, and break the structural barriers which limit the success... read more
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