Oxfam and ICEED, with funding support from the European Union and the National Planning Commission (NPC) as the contracting authority, are collaborating in the implementation of a four year project on renewable energy production, including Agro-forestry. The project is aimed at sustainably improving the fuel-wood balance and resilience of livelihoods of rural households in 7 LGAs in Katsina State by increasing wood supply through farmer managed natural regeneration whilst reducing fuel wood demand through dissemination and use of fuelwood efficient stoves. Oxfam is responsible for the delivery of the Agro-forestry component and ICEED is charged with managing that of the efficient cookstoves component. A one year review of the project deliverables took place on the 12th and 13th of November, 2015 at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University’s main auditorium.
The event which was widely attended had several stakeholders ranging from traditional rulers to chairmen of LGAs, community members and students of the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University.
Dr Chris Udokang, Project Manager for LOT 2 consisting of ICEED and Oxfam gave an impressive presentation with reflections on the achievements for the first year implementation of the project. One of the year’s achievements is the production of four (4) stove models for dissemination in 7 LGAs in Katsina. Exhibition of the 4 produced stove models was also staged. Two of the stoves have been tested and certified as tier 2 and tier 3 and the other two are yet to be tested. The tested stoves are currently undergoing user acceptability test.
He stressed the need for active participation by the various communities to ensure sustainability of the project.