Green Crew Africa Initiative is the Partner of the Month of August

Green Crew Africa Initiative is the Partner of the Month of August

Green Crew Africa Initiative is the Partner of the Month of August! In this interview, the Executive Director, Mr. Umar Surajo Nuhu shares their activities in the clean cookstoves sector.   Give us a brief introduction about your organization Green Crew Africa Initiative is a non-governmental, non-political and non-religious organization, an innovative Youth conservation organization with special skills that provides career Guidance/Counselling on sustainable development.  We have Chapters in Nigeria, Niger Republic, Benin Republic, Burkina Faso, Togo and Mali with proposed chapters in the rest of African countries. We give young people the knowledge and skills to start and manage their own green businesses and to apply entrepreneurial thinking to solving environmental problems. We envision making a real difference in African communities by promoting solutions that are essential to green economy. We currently manufacture and distribute clean cookstoves in rural and urban communities in Jigawa State, Nigeria.   What does your organization seek to achieve in Nigeria’s cooking energy market? We manufacture and distribute domestic and institutional clean cookstoves in Nigeria. We also through aggressive awareness and campaign in rural and urban communities provide economic, environmental, and social changes in the energy sectors as well as promote entrepreneurship opportunities in various communities.   Can you tell us about your clean cookstoves and clean cooking activities including your achievements? Our organization fabricates Biogas Digester and Efficient woodstove called E-1 Stove which is made of clay and scrap metal materials. Our cookstoves use small amount of firewood and briquettes.   Our cookstoves and biogas digester has helped address the issues of climate change and improve the livelihood of rural and urban communities in...
SON Approves National Standards for Biomass Cookstoves in Nigeria

SON Approves National Standards for Biomass Cookstoves in Nigeria

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has approved the Nigerian Industrial Standard for biomass type clean cookstoves developed by the National Mirror Committee on Clean Cooking Solutions and Fuel Standards under the leadership of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria. The National Mirror Committee on Clean Cooking Solutions and Fuel Standards was constituted by the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. The development of the Standards was necessitated by the increase of different types of biomass clean cookstove with quality and safety issues in the Nigerian markets. Lack of standards and regulations for clean cookstoves hinders stove manufacturers’ efforts to differentiate their stoves and most stove manufacturers had to carry out individual field tests, which leave room for biased quality certifications. The drive towards the standardization of cookstoves in Nigeria has been ongoing since 2013. The Standards, prior to approval went through several reviews under the leadership of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria. The Standards Organisation of Nigeria had also convened Technical Committee meetings to look at the parameters in the standard for functionality of the cookstove and safety of the users. The approved standards entail the requirements for design, construction and safety considerations of the biomass cookstove and will ensure that only quality cookstoves are found in the Nigerian Market. The standards will serve as a guide to importers, manufacturers, and users of biomass cookstoves in the country and will help the Nigerian clean cookstoves market make significant progress toward better cookstoves and improved outcomes for consumers who use...
Zenith Agroethanol Nigeria Ltd is the Partner of the Month of July

Zenith Agroethanol Nigeria Ltd is the Partner of the Month of July

Zenith Agroethanol Nigeria Ltd is the Partner of the Month of July! In this interview, the Managing Director, Mr. Olaoluwa Bamikole shares their activities in the clean cookstoves sector.   Give us a brief introduction about your organisation Zenith Agroethanol Nigeria Limited was registered in 2006 as an ethanol/bioenergy consulting company in Nigeria for clean and renewable energy development. In 2008, the company was registered in Louisville, Kentucky, USA as biofuels consulting company named Zenith International LLC, USA. The company has over 12 years experience in Africa, Europe, Asia, United States and Canada in the area of biofuels, solid biomass and conversion of agricultural wastes to briquettes for clean cookstoves and all forms of clean energy technologies that mitigate climate change and improve both community environment and health of community/municipal dwellers. We have capabilities in documentation of business plan, feasibility study, marketing of renewable energy technology, clean energy activation and development couple with data gathering and Research & Development.   What does your organization seek to achieve in the Nigeria cooking energy market? We seek to ensure a modest ethanol production plant is built in Nigeria to provide and promote ethanol fuel for ethanol cookstoves users in Nigeria.   Can you tell us about your clean cooking activities including your achievements? Our recent achievement in Nigeria is the building and commissioning of ethanol plant (Jesmond Valley Company Limited) in Eminpa Village in Edu LGA, Kwara State on the 25th June, 2018. We have been involved in the design and process technology of ethanol plants in Thailand, Guatemala, Capetown, Zambia, etc.   What are your biggest challenges in implementing your...
GTHI Empowers 150 Local Food Vendors in Abuja with LPG Cookstoves

GTHI Empowers 150 Local Food Vendors in Abuja with LPG Cookstoves

Gas to Health Initiative (GTHI) empowers local food vendors popularly known as “Mama Puts” with LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) cookstoves on July 14, 2018 at the National Centre for Women Development, Abuja during her 4th annual program with the theme “Better life for Mama puts/Local Food Vendors”. The aim of the program was to sensitize and empower Mama puts mostly women and girls in Abuja from the use of unhealthy cooking fuels to LPG Cookstoves, the most efficient cooking energy in Nigeria.   The event which was hosted by Mrs. Betty Ugona Executive Secretary GTHI had in attendance over 200 participants. The participants includes over 150 local food vendors, Mr. Awalu Ilu Managing Director/CEO Ultimate Gas, Engr. Henry Obih COO Downstream NNPC, Hon Obinna Chidoka, House committee on Habitat and Environment, as well as representatives of NNPC retail, Banner Gas, NAFDAC, Techno Oil, NACC among other agencies and organisations. Mrs. Willy Willy of Wazobia FM Radio anchored the event. Mrs. Betty Ugona speaking on behalf of the GTHI noted that “Operation Mama Put/Local Food Vendors conversion to LPG usage” was launched four years ago. She noted that the project is a nationwide programme designed to convert the local food vendors from the use of traditional cooking fuels (such as firewood, charcoal, kerosene etc) to LPG which is a clean cooking fuel. She lamented that traditional cooking fuels cause deforestation, desertification and a lot of environmental degradation in addition to negative health impact. She calls on all stakeholders to join hands with GTHI to sensitize and empower Nigerians on the use of LPG for cooking. Speaking at the event, Mr....
Khattar Resources is the Partner of the Month of June

Khattar Resources is the Partner of the Month of June

Khattar Resources is the Partner of the Month of June! In this interview, the Managing Director, Mr. Nkem Ibe shares their activities in the clean cookstoves sector.   Give us a brief introduction about your organisation Khattar Resources is an indigenous company whose primary focus is on consolidated iron works fabrication. Our vision is to bring innovation and to add value on essential commodities and service delivery. The company has over the years designed and produced different ranges of gas burners branded as MAGMA burners and are powered with cooking gas.   What does your organization seek to archive in the Nigeria cooking energy market? Our organization seeks to make MAGMA burner’s products available in the market at affordable prices. We encourage local women and stakeholders in the cooking industry to upgrade to gas through advocacy and awareness drive. We also work on expanding the scope of our network and outlets within the major markets nationwide.   Can you tell us about your clean cooking activities including your achievements? We design and produce nine (9) different types of gas burner according to market demands and feedback from consumers. We have upgraded our workshop to meet the standards and to scale up daily productions. We were recommended to join the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (NACC) by the Federal Ministry of Environment and we are glad we did. Joining the NACC has offered us the opportunities to attend several stakeholders’ meetings and community advocacy awareness drives.   What are your biggest challenges in implementing your clean cooking activities? Funding is one of our major challenges. We desire to make bulk...

Sustainable Fuelwood Management (SFM) project held a Business Forum in Calabar!

The SFM project held a 3-day Business Forum for woodlot developers, fuelwood dealers, efficient woodstoves producers/sellers and Micro Finance Institutions (MFIs) from June 19-21, 2018 at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Calabar, Cross River State. The forum created an opportunity for fuelwood value chain actors to interact among themselves, exchange experiences, develops skills, and share knowledge and ideas on innovative business and financing models. Over 70% of Nigeria’s estimated 180 million inhabitants still rely on fuel-wood in meeting their energy needs for cooking and heating. The unsustainable and constant use of fuel-wood by Nigerian households and institutions is one of the causes of deforestation and land degradation in Nigeria. The Global Environment Facility (GEF) through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Energy Commission of Nigeria, the Federal Ministry of Environment and other stakeholders are supporting the implementation of a 5-Year project: “Sustainable Fuel Wood Management (SFM) in Nigeria”, which commenced in June 2017. The SFM project encourages effective forest management for sustainable fuelwood production and consumption for multiple environmental benefits in Cross River, Delta and Kaduna states for the next 5 years. The Business forum focused on the establishment of smallholder farmers-managed woodlot; establishment of sustainable fuelwood markets; promotion of energy-efficient woodstoves through market based approaches with community-based micro-credits to incentivize woodlot owners and end-users of cookstoves. Presenters at the forum included: Mr. Femi Oye, Managing Director, SMEFunds; Mrs. Happy Amos, Managing Director, Roshan Global Services Ltd; Mr. Biodun Olaore, Country Director, Envirofit Nigeria; Mrs. Habiba Ali, Managing Director, Sosai Renewable Energy Ltd; Dr. Ladipo from CENRAD Consulting Ltd; Sir Daniel Ugbama, Chief Executive Officer, Communal Rural Entrepreneurial Initiative of...

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...
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...