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...
Solar Sister is the Partner of the Month of March!

Solar Sister is the Partner of the Month of March!

Solar Sister is the Partner of the Month of March! In this interview, the Country Manager, Olasimbo Sojinrin shares their activities in the clean cookstoves sector.   Give us a brief introduction about your organization Solar Sister is an innovative social enterprise eradicating energy poverty by combining women power with green power. We combine the breakthrough potential of life transforming clean energy technologies with direct sales network to bring light, hope and opportunity to even the remotest communities in Africa. We thus create a ripple effect of increased households savings, improved health, better education opportunities, thriving small businesses and women who are confidant, strong and are role models in their communities.   What does your organization seek to achieve in Nigeria’s cooking energy market? Our organisation seeks to be in the frontline driving the complete adoption of clean energy in Nigeria’s cooking energy market. We also want to be globally recognized as a major driver to Nigeria’s cooking energy enterprise value chain by 2025. We hope to achieve this by working through our Solar Sister entrepreneurs to distribute clean and standard cookstoves to households currently using traditional cookstoves.   Can you tell us about your clean cooking activities including your achievements? Our clean cooking activities starts from recruiting, training and supporting a network of women entrepreneurs committed to the vision of tackling Africa’s energy poverty. In terms of our achievements, we have over 1000 women entrepreneurs who have provided clean cooking solutions to tens of thousands of households using our business model. Our Solar Sister entrepreneurs have all switched to using clean cookstoves, this experience puts them in the best...
COOKING SHOULDN’T KILL: LET US PRESS FOR PROGRESS FOR WOMEN-Press Release

COOKING SHOULDN’T KILL: LET US PRESS FOR PROGRESS FOR WOMEN-Press Release

    Press release  COOKING SHOULDN’T KILL: LET US PRESS FOR PROGRESS FOR WOMEN March 8, 2018 International Women’s Day, usually celebrated on March 8, is a day when we celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women all over the world. The theme for 2018 International Women’s Day is “#Press for Progress” – a push for gender equality worldwide. The Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves joins with many to press for progress in gender equality especially when it comes to the unpaid work and task associated with cooking. Nigeria suffers a “silent” energy crisis – poor access to clean cooking energy. Over 20 million households and about 120 million Nigerians depend on wood primarily as a source of fuel for cooking. It is recognized that women disproportionately make up this number. This is despite the abundance of modern cooking energy sources including natural gas.  The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that cooking in an open fire releases harmful toxic (especially particulate matter and carbon monoxide), which causes about 95,000 deaths annually in Nigeria. After malaria and HIV/AIDS, this is Nigeria’s third highest killer of mostly women and children. Cooking in an open fire in your kitchen is also likened to burning 400 cigarettes an hour. Cooking inefficiently using the traditional method (open fire), causes pneumonia in children, low birth weight babies, still birth, lung diseases etc. Moreover, it is expensive, burning up to 90% more wood than is necessary and costing poor families money that could be put to better use on education, health and nutrition. The use of efficient and clean cookstoves saves lives, improves livelihood,...