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...
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...
Midas Clean Cook Energy Global Ltd is the Partner of the Month of August!

Midas Clean Cook Energy Global Ltd is the Partner of the Month of August!

In this interview, the CEO; Doris McDaniels shares their activities in the clean cookstoves sector. Give us a brief introduction about your organisation. What are the objectives of your organisation? Midas Clean Cook Energy Global Ltd, is an Indigenous Company based in Niger delta Coastal Region of Nigeria. We produce Charcoal Cookstoves. Our objectives are to manufacture durable Stoves of quality and standard, to dedicate effort to surpass the insecurity challenges in the Inner towns and villages of the Creeks, being a far forgotten Area for investors to penetrate into areas that are populated but tagged “The forgotten Areas”. We are very much looking into briquettes production, to reduce or eradicate the use of Charcoal. We beckoned to the call of SPDC, to advocate the use, benefit and production of Clean Cook Stoves in various communities and Midas has been responsive to reaching out to the nook and cranny of the towns and villages in the Creeks to advocate the adoption of Clean Cookstove in various low income homes, which has been a life-saving cooking solution as a result of illegal Refineries producing adulterated kerosene that causes fatal explosion, killing innocent Women and Children using kerosene. Kerosene happens to be the main available cooking solution in the past 40 decades. The insurgency in the Niger Delta has rendered the Creeks unsafe for women to make trips to the mangrove forest to access firewood for cooking, which was the traditional fuel for cooking. The 70s revolutionize kerosene usage until the development of illegal adulterated kerosene in 2005, killing people in scores. Introduction of Clean Cook Stoves by Midas in 2014...
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...
Tropical Research and Conservation Centre is the Partner of the Month of July!

Tropical Research and Conservation Centre is the Partner of the Month of July!

In this interview, the Project Manager, Ikponke Nkanta shares information on the centre’s activities in the clean cookstoves sector. Give us a brief introduction about your organisation. What are the objectives of your organisation? Tropical Research and Conservation Centre (TRCC) is an NGO established in 2001 with a mission to create awareness, build the capacity of rural communities as well as disseminate innovative products and technologies that will promote healthy living, sustainable agriculture, environmental resources conservation and indigenous resources preservation. The organization also promotes the adoption of low cost/affordable and easily accessible charcoal/briquettes clean cookstoves in Nigeria. What does your organisation seek to achieve in Nigeria’s cooking energy market? Our organisation seeks to facilitate the adoption of about 5000 clean cookstoves among households in Nigeria within the next 2 years. In February 2017, the organization flagged off this initiative officially with a workshop in Akwa Ibom State bringing together relevant stakeholders in the field. What are the opportunities in the business environment that have supported your organisation’s involvement in the clean cookstove sector over the years? Combating deforestation is one of key focus areas of our organization, so we have integrated and adopted the use of fuel efficient cookstoves in our forest conservation program. We have recommended the adoption of efficient fuelwood cookstoves as one of the important measures to combat deforestation to some of our partners. We are also promoting the adoption of clean cookstoves as one of the measures to mitigate health hazards related to traditional open fire cooking method. How are your customers reacting to your products in the market – benefits of using your product?...
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...
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...
Dezionite Helping Hands Development Initiative is the Partner of the Month of June!

Dezionite Helping Hands Development Initiative is the Partner of the Month of June!

In this interview, the Managing Director, Mercy Ikeji shares their activities in the clean cookstoves sector. Give us a brief introduction about your organisation. What are the objectives of your organisation? Dezionite Helping Hands Development Initiative (DHDI) seeks to alleviate poverty through enterprise development. DHDI addresses the cooking energy problem using a market based approach. DHDI has chosen some Nigerian clean cookstoves manufacturers as her supplier and distributes the stoves through a network of micro-entrepreneurs. DHDI identifies micro-entrepreneurs in its target communities (typically people with existing small shops) and provides them low-interest loans, training, and ongoing support to launch a cookstove business. What does your organisation seek to achieve in Nigeria’s cooking energy market? Dezionite Helping Hands Development Initiative is tackling uptake and last mile distribution of clean cookstoves through their Dezionite Entrepreneurs (DE) who are equipped with a startup kit of inventory, training and marketing support to reach rural consumers. The micro-consignment arrangement where the entrepreneurs earn commission and only pay for the inventory post sales is a scalable, flexible way to reduce start up financial risk for poor women who lack assets. How are your customers reacting to your products in the market – benefits of using your product? Our customers are accepting the clean cooking alternatives even though they complain that the price of the stove is too high and the fuel is not readily available. Job creation and the empowerment of women seem to be increasingly important. How has your organization helped to drive employment generation and the empowerment of women? Dezionite Helping Hand Development Initiatives empowers women in rural areas through our micro entrepreneurs...
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...