Radha Muthiah, the Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves will visit Nigeria March 19 – 20. Muthiah will be the keynote speaker at the official launch of the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves on Tuesday March 20 at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.
The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is a public-private partnership to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and combat climate change by creating a thriving market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions.
Ms Muthiah will participate in the launching of the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. According to Ewah Eleri, Director of the International Centre for Energy, Environment & Development, “Nigeria will be the first African country to launch a public-private-partnership to address the health, poverty and environmental problems caused by the traditional use of wood fuel. This visit by Ms Muthiah will strengthen the partnership between the Global Alliance and Nigerian partners”
Smoke from wood fuel causes over 95,000 deaths in Nigeria annually. The country experiences the highest number of smoke-related deaths in Africa; after Malaria and HIV/AIDS, it is the biggest killer of mostly women and children. For the 112 million Nigerians living in poverty, traditional cooking method is expensive, and costs poor families money that could be put to better use on education, health and nutrition. Traditional cooking with millions of open fire and resulting deforestation also contribute to emission of harmful greenhouse gases that cause climate change.
The Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves will launch a national campaign to introduce 10 million fuel-efficient stoves to Nigerian homes and institutions by 2020. The Alliance supports policy change, better technical standards and innovative financing in the development of a national clean cookstove industry. It works with public, private, and non-profit partners to scale up access to clean cookstoves in Nigeria.