Tara Agro Industries Limited is the Partner of the Month of May!

Tara Agro Industries Limited is the Partner of the Month of May!

Tara Agro Industries Limited is the Partner of the Month of May! In this interview, the Chairman, Chief Engr. Charles Ugwuh shares their activities in the clean cookstoves sector.   Give us a brief introduction about your organisation Tara Agro Industries Limited is an integrated rice processing mill focused on processing paddy stock to finished/polished rice and packaging same as high quality branded rice. The company is a Public Private Partnership (PPP) project with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) through the National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA). It is one of the five Rice Mills established by the Federal Government in 2009/2012 through the Special Rice Intervention Scheme approved in 2008 aimed at developing high quality milling capacity. The company’s installed capacity is 42,000 tons of Paddy/year.   What does your organisation seek to achieve in the Nigeria’s cooking energy market In processing paddy, rice mills generate considerable volumes of rice husk used partly for energy generation for boilers, dryers etc. The residual rice husk is used to produce briquettes which are a viable source of low cost energy for cooking etc. Our Organisation is seeking to promote the use of these rice husk briquettes for cooking in homes at affordable cost. Until now, the rice husk constituted a major environmental hazard and ecosystem challenge. Therefore an effective utilization of the husk is beneficial to all – delivering more healthy, efficient and eco-friendly cooking system for households.   Can you tell us about your clean cooking activities including your achievements? Our clean cooking activities are to convert these residual husks into an efficient solid fuel and...
NACC will launch a New Music Video on World Environment Day 2018

NACC will launch a New Music Video on World Environment Day 2018

The Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (NACC) will be launching a new music video on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at Nordic Hotel, Mabushi, Abuja.   The Music Video is in support of clean cooking solutions especially for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North East Nigeria. It highlights the health hazards and sufferings of millions of people (especially women) cooking with open fire using firewood.  About 95% of IDPs, host communities and returnees in the Northeast depends on firewood and charcoal for cooking and 85% of these households face protection risks when collecting firewood.   Key UN agencies and organisations like FAO, World Food Programme, UNHCR, ICEED and other Safe Access to Fuels and Energy(SAFE) Nigeria partners are facilitating a coordinated and effective response to the fuel and energy needs of crisis-affected communities in Northeast Nigeria.   This music video will play an important role in raising awareness about the need for clean cooking among policy makers and private sector as well as can to contribute to behavioural change in how we cook. It is widely recognized that the medium of music video is quite a powerful tool and it can  bring different minds altogether on the same page.   Potential participants at the Launch include representatives of IDPs, government agencies, international development partners, humanitarian agencies, the media and Non-Governmental organisations as well as individuals working to address the energy needs of vulnerable groups especially in the...
National Centre for Energy Efficiency and Conservation (NCEEC) is the Partner of the Month of April!

National Centre for Energy Efficiency and Conservation (NCEEC) is the Partner of the Month of April!

National Centre for Energy Efficiency and Conservation (NCEEC) is the Partner of the Month of April! In this interview, the head of the technical unit, Charles Eguma shares their activities in the clean cookstoves sector. Give us a brief introduction about your organisation National Centre for Energy Efficiency and Conservation (NCEEC), is one the six energy research centres established by the Energy Commission Nigeria (ECN). The Centre’s core activity is research and development. This includes: energy audit and energy management, energy research & training, energy efficiency and conservation awareness, product verification, development of standards and codes for energy efficient appliances, renewable energy design and project development, and policy advisory. What does your organization seek to achieve in the Nigeria’s cooking energy market? In Nigeria, cooking is mainly done using the traditional 3-stone stove and other similar inefficient means leading to severe waste of energy and attendant health problems owing to excessive smoke. To reduce the waste and minimize the associated problems, researchers are developing many types of efficient wood-burning and charcoal stoves to replace the inefficient ones. To this end, NCEEC embarked on a project to develop a prototype of the Save-80 clean cook stove in partnership with Atmosfair Gmbh. NCEEC seeks to promote the adoption of clean cook stoves for households in Nigeria. In the medium-long term, NCEEC will carry out the fabrication of adapter rings and pots for the stove, this is geared towards improving the design of the circular steel adapter to enable different pot sizes fit into the stove. NCEEC will also assist in developing business proposals for the distribution of the stoves through micro-finance...
FAO – ICEED Establishes Fuel-Efficient Cookstove Production/Training Centres in Borno State

FAO – ICEED Establishes Fuel-Efficient Cookstove Production/Training Centres in Borno State

The International Centre for Energy, Environment and Development (ICEED) with funding from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has established three (3) fuel-efficient cookstoves production/training centres in 3 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Borno State. The centres are in Jere, Konduga and Maiduguri LGAs and have provided training to 100 people on technical and business aspects of fuel-efficient coookstoves production across the three L.G.As. During the launch of the Centre in Gongulong community in Jere LGA on April 16, 2018, Mr. Macki Tall, FAO’s Deputy Country Representative noted that the measure was part of a comprehensive programme initiated by the organisation to reduce dependence on firewood, encourage development of alternative energies and provide sustainable livelihood to communities. According to Mr. Tall, people engaged in firewood collection were prone to attacks and abduction by Boko Haram insurgents, while women and children were exposed to eye and respiratory infections through inhalation of harmful firewood smoke. The project foresees to distribute at least 5,000 locally produced fuel-efficient stoves in the three LGAs to households with very limited access to firewood. This will help them to reduce the amount of firewood needed to meet their daily cooking need. The Borno State Commissioner for Environment, Alhaji Kaka Shehu represented by Mala Barma, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, stated that the forest in the state has been subjected to large scale degradation due to the strangulation of businesses and economic activities as a result of the activities of the insurgents over the past years. He remarked that this laudable initiative would go a long way in protecting...
MEDA Supports Women and Youth Entrepreneurs in Bauchi State

MEDA Supports Women and Youth Entrepreneurs in Bauchi State

Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and MEDA are set to support women and youth in the Nigeria Way project” in Bauchi State. The project which is expected to benefit a total of 41,000 people will include 16,000 small scale businesses, particularly those run by women and youth, aimed at improving their business capacity and business environments; and 25,000 families and community members that will become better educated on the consequences surrounding early and forced child marriage.   The Nigeria WAY project will improve the business capacity and environment for entrepreneurs and small-scale businesses in the rice, groundnut and soybean value chains processing in seven Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Bauchi State from 2017 – 2022. The five year project is using a market based approach to increase access to markets, financial and business development services, information and labor-saving technology, incorporate environmentally sustainable practices and increase profitability for clients, contributing to a vibrant agro-processing sector.   The project intends to facilitate the manufacturing and installation of institutional efficient cook-stoves for rice processers in the state. On this note, the project team recently made a visit to the secretariat of NACC to expound on the project aims, approaches and strategies. The project is collaborating with some partners of NACC as Lead Firms (LFs) to implement the clean cooking component.   The market systems approach will also involve private sector-led initiatives to reduce barriers and constraints faced by economically active poor women and youth in accessing markets. The project begins by selecting value chains (VCs) with growth potential and opportunities for women and youth-led Small Scale Businesses (SSB’s) and Small Entrepreneurs (ENs). The...