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FAO Promotes Clean Cooking Solutions in the BAY States

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in collaboration with the International Centre for Energy, Environment and Development (ICEED) promotes Safe Access to Fuel and Energy (SAFE) in Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe States in North East to enhance the protection of women and support sustainable natura... resource management in Nigeria.
Conflict-affected households do not have adequate access to cooking energy.

According to the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP), in 2022 about 496,739 households have critical energy needs across the BAY states. Fuelwood is the major source of cooking energy among the vulnerable populations in the BAY states. Access to fuel is a gender-related issue because women are mostly tasked with the collection of firewood in forests which poses several risks to them such as Gender Violence (GBV); meals might be undercooked or skipped; people might sell or trade part of food rations to obtain firewood to cook their food, young boys and girls collect firewood during school hours thus reducing their education time. More so, the unsustainable cutting of trees contributes significantly to deforestation, forest degradation, and desertification.

AO in collaboration with ICEED has established six Dadin Kowa Fuel Efficient Stove (FES) production centers. In the current project, FAO plans to diversify the skills of women in the established FES centres, by enhancing their capacity in the production of other types of FES to improve cooking solutions for vulnerable households. A total number of 415 women and youth (existing beneficiaries) of the 6 FES centres will be trained in technical aspects of FES production in 6 locations of Ngavihi community in Mubi South, Kukareta in Damaturu and Zoto community of Fune in Yobe State and Gongulon, Abbaganaram and MMC communities in Maiduguri and Jere Borno State. The project has commenced community and targeted beneficiaries’ awareness enhanced through meetings and sensitization campaigns in the project locations. After the technical training, the project will conduct an awareness-raising campaign to inform IDPs, returnees, and host community members about safe access to clean cooking energy solutions, including using FES. The project will also facilitate project output monitoring, evaluation, accountability, learning, and communications.

Fuel Efficient Stoves reduce the quantity of fuelwood used for cooking, thus conserving the environment, reducing exposure of women, girls, and boys to protection risks due to firewood collection, lower malnutrition rates, and better health for households as well as a means of livelihood & income generation for the vulnerable households.

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ABOUT ICEED


The International Centre for Energy, Environment and Development Foundation is committed to the goal of poverty eradication. We deliver this commitment by providing the evidence base for reforms and political influence that shape the poor's energy and climate security. ICEED has over the years of its establishment become Nigeria's leading centre on energy access and climate change. Together with some of the world's foremost resource centres, we have brought market development expertise, capacity building, project implementation and behaviour communication to Nigeria. ICEED has led some of the most important clean energy and climate change activities including the development and promotion of the Bill to Establish the National Climate Change Commission; leading the development of the Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory for Nigeria and writing the Federal Government of Nigeria's Renewable Energy Master Plan. Our key expertise is in policy reform and market development for expanding access to clean energy.

While ICEED provides the evidence base and advocacy for policy change on clean energy and climate change, the Centre is solidly on the ground changing lives through projects in communities around the country. ICEED has clean energy footprints in communities in over half of the states of the Nigerian federation.