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,...
Environmental and Rural Mediation Centre (ENVIRUMEDIC) is the Partner of the Month of February!

Environmental and Rural Mediation Centre (ENVIRUMEDIC) is the Partner of the Month of February!

Environmental and Rural Mediation Centre (ENVIRUMEDIC) is the Partner of the Month of February! In this interview, the Managing Director, Monday Itoghor shares their activities in the clean cookstoves sector.   Give us a brief introduction about your organization Environmental and Rural Mediation Centre (ENVIRUMEDIC) is a Non-Governmental and Not-for-Profit making organization. It was founded in the year 2000 following a poverty Index survey carried out in the Niger Delta Region. It is geared toward poverty eradication and safe guarding the environment in a sustainable manner.  ENVIRUMEDIC works in 13 communities across 3 Local Government Areas of Delta State using the Child Sponsorship Mechanism Modelling with support from ActionAid. Our vision is to create a future where poverty is eradicated and people are living a life of dignity; with a mission to work with the grassroots to promote holistic development programme and improve sexual and reproductive health and rights.   What does your organization seek to achieve in the Nigeria’s cooking energy market Manufacture and distribute domestic and institutional clean cookstoves that can be used both indoors and outdoors in rural and urban areas. The clean cookstoves provide immediate environmental, economic, social and health benefits while protecting the eco system. Production and sale of the clean cookstoves also contribute to creating jobs, encouraging apprenticeship and promoting entrepreneurship opportunities as well as capacity building.   Can you tell us about your clean cookstoves and clean cooking activities including your achievements? Our clean cookstoves is called Ecostove. It is made of clay burner and metallic structures that use biomass and briquettes. The project is designed to address the issue of adaptation...
Energy playing a bridging role in the humanitarian-development divide

Energy playing a bridging role in the humanitarian-development divide

The Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with COOPI and SET4Food Initiative organized a full day seminar on the role energy can play in bridging the humanitarian-development divide. The seminar was held at the FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy on January 18, 2018. The seminar highlighted the implications of ignoring energy in linkages between humanitarian and development support and how providing access to energy for displaced populations can bridge the humanitarian-development divide. Pertinent case studies from the field were presented. They illustrated how energy needs and related risks and challenges can be better understood, quantified and addressed. The case studies provided an opportunity of sharing various technologies, approaches, methodologies, good practices and lessons learned. They further gave insight into how energy is an enabler in bridging the humanitarian-development divide and how it can contribute to sustainable and durable solutions for affected populations as well as the ways in which current approaches can be improved to achieve this goal. Senior officers, experts, humanitarian and development practitioners from UN agencies such as FAO, IFAD, UNHCR, WFP and IOM in addition to representatives from EU, COOPI, USAID, GACC, academic institutions as well as NGOs including ICEED Nigeria, OXFAM (Kenya) and FAAM (Chad) participated in the seminar. Jonas Bervoets, Programme and Operations officer, FAO Nigeria made a presentation on “Coordinating Energy Aid: Maiduguri Local SAFE Working Group” and emphasised the key role of coordinating approaches and programmes in the delivery of humanitarian aid in general and energy aid in particular. Due to the multisectoral challenges of energy access, the coordination mechanism has a key role to play in...
CONSISTENT ENERGY is the Partner of the Month of January!

CONSISTENT ENERGY is the Partner of the Month of January!

In this interview, the Managing Director, Segun Adaju shares their activities in the clean cookstoves sector.   Give us a brief introduction about your organisation. What are the objectives of your organisation? Consistent Energy Limited was incorporated in January 2015 with a mission to provide affordable, reliable and clean energy for small businesses for productive uses. With the huge energy deficiency in the country and the impact on productivity and growth, the company was restructured into a private company limited by shares and to take advantage of the huge opportunities that exists in Nigeria for productive uses of renewable energy. Consistent Energy has played significantly in the clean cookstove sector covering last mille distribution, market development, finance and consultancy. The company has consulted for various organisations such as Heinrich Boell Foundation, ICEED, Ministry of Environment, commercial banks and several microfinance banks in developing a finance framework for the distribution of clean cookstoves. The company distributes cookstoves manufactured Envirofit and Roshan Global Resources. We have also partnered with UNDP Small Grant Project and D-Prize to promote the use of clean cooking technologies in Makoko Waterfront of Lagos State.   What does your organization seek to achieve in the Nigeria’s cooking energy market? Consistent Energy aims to distribute 1 million clean cooking technologies by year 2030 to both retail and commercial users of clean technologies. We also target to provide end-user finance for over 80% of the beneficiaries of our products. Our focus is on distribution of clean cookstoves and we work with wholesale manufacturers. We aim to make clean energy technologies affordable for end-users.   Can you tell us about...
Stakeholders’ Adopt Standards for Biomass Cookstoves in Nigeria

Stakeholders’ Adopt Standards for Biomass Cookstoves in Nigeria

The Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) in partnership with the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (NACC) and other key stakeholders has finalized and adopted standards for efficient biomass cookstoves in Nigeria. The standards now await the final approval of the Executive Council of the Standards Organization of Nigeria for it to become effective.  The standards will serve as a guide to the manufacturers, importers and users of biomass cookstoves in the country. It will help ensure that only quality cookstoves are found in the Nigerian Market. The Technical Committee meeting which held on December 14-15, 2017 at Golden Tulip Essential Hotel, Lagos state had in attendance key stakeholders from the Standards Organization of Nigeria,  Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, Energy Commission of Nigeria, Consumer Protection Council, Envirofit Nigeria, Deva Access and Empowerment International Ltd Gtee, National Centre for Energy Research and Development (NCERD) of University of Nigeria Nsukka, National Centre for Energy Efficiency and Conservation (NCEEC) of the University of Lagos, National Stove Eligibility Laboratory, Consumer Rights Awareness Advancement and Advocacy Initiatives, APPA – Nigeria among others. The meeting also resolved that sensitization and awareness of the standards should begin almost immediately. The drive towards the standardization of cookstoves in Nigeria has been ongoing since 2013 and many technical committee meetings have been held before this final...
Nigeria Clean Cooking Forum 2017 in Abuja

Nigeria Clean Cooking Forum 2017 in Abuja

Unison voice among stakeholders: the need of the hour is to upscale Made-in-Nigeria Clean Cookstoves!   Highlights The Federal Ministry of Environment and Nigerian Alliance for clean cookstoves resolved to continue to work on expanding access to clean cooking solutions in Nigeria The legislative arm of government will work with the executive arm to ensure adequate legislation that supports small and medium scale clean cookstoves manufacturers in line with the Made –in –Nigeria campaign LPG is a key factor in the National Gas Policy and the Federal Ministry of Petroleum plans to support the availability and distribution of LPG nationwide There is a need for a change in LPG cylinder’s market structure. An exchange system rather than a purchase system is recommended Adequate financing is urgently needed to scale up domestic production of clean cookstoves Standards and labelling of clean cookstoves is key in expanding the market Clean cookstoves should be upscaled in humanitarian as well as early recovery contexts The Federal Ministry of Environment, in partnership with the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, organized the Nigeria Clean Cooking Forum 2017 where a new course was charted for the promotion of Made-in-Nigeria clean cookstoves. The event which was held on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at Sheraton Hotel, Abuja had in attendance over 200 stakeholders from government, the private sector, NGOs/CSOs, finance institutions, the international community as well as the media. The forum was unanimous in supporting the efforts of the Federal government to scale up domestic production of clean cooking solutions in Nigeria as well as contributes to meeting the country’s obligation to the United Nations climate change agreement...
Carbon Credit Network is the Partner of the Month of October!

Carbon Credit Network is the Partner of the Month of October!

NACC organised clean cooking campaign tagged #NGRCleanCooking, to see who among its partners would have the most engagements on Facebook and Twitter while showcasing their clean cooking activities in Nigeria. Carbon Credit Network emerged as the winner. In this interview, the Business Development Associate; Oluwakemi Otu shares their activities in the clean cookstoves sector. Give us a brief introduction about your organisation. What are the objectives of your organisation? The Carbon Credit Network is an enterprise division of SMEFUNDS, a renewable energy advocacy organization that has been responsible for the training, support and success of a network of purpose-driven professionals. Our mission is to promote, educate and sell commendable and highly innovative renewable energy, biofuel and solar-powered solutions to commercial and residential markets across Africa. We are building a massive network of individuals whose collective actions would contribute to a remarkable offset in the quantity of carbon and greenhouse gasses being emitted to the environment. What does your organisation seek to achieve in Nigeria’s cooking energy market? We want to end kerosene generation and our goal is to provide low-cost, clean and safe energy (Lighting & Cookstoves) for low-income households. We use social marketing to economically empower our independent distributors through Carbon Credit Earnings thereby lifting them out of poverty while fighting climate change in Africa. What are the opportunities in the business environment that have supported your organisation’s involvement in the clean cookstove sector over the years? The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves has provided financial support and capacity building training to us which has gone a long way in positioning our organization as a major player in...