The Federal Ministry of Environment in partnership with the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cook stoves is organizing the Nigeria Clean Cooking Forum 2017.
The event would hold on today at Ladi Kwali Hall, Sheraton Hotel, Abuja. The Nigeria Clean Cooking Forum is a landmark, annual gathering of government, professionals and entrepreneurs working to accelerate the production, deployment, and use of cleaner, more efficient cookstoves and fuels.
This year’s forum will support the efforts of the Federal government to scale up domestic production of clean cooking solutions in Nigeria as well as contribute to meeting the country’s obligation to the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC). The Forum will bring together over 200 participants including key policymakers, private sector leaders, foundations, research institutions, women’s groups and civil society stakeholders as well as international partners to discuss and proffer actionable steps towards scaling up domestic production of clean cooking solutions in Nigeria.
Research has confirmed that smoke from the traditional use of firewood is estimated to cause 95,000 deaths annually in Nigeria. After malaria and HIV/Aids, this would be Nigeria’s third highest killer mostly of who are women and children. Women and the girl child walk long distances and spend hours a week in search of firewood. This also contributes significantly to deforestation as well as the attendant consequences of climate change.
Clean cooking will save lives, empower women, improve livelihood and combat climate change. It is a priority area in energy access that is central in achieving the goals of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) and Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Initiative in Nigeria. Clean cooking energy for all is not only possible but a right for the Nigerian citizens. The domestic market for clean cooking solutions must be developed through innovative partnership and support, thereby the government and private sectors needs to stimulate the market for “Made in Nigeria” clean cookstoves.
The Forum is expected to be declared opened by the Honourable Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Usman Jibril, while the keynote address will be delivered by H.E. Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki. The forum will be organized in sessions, to cover: I) Strengthening the LPG market through public awareness for domestic consumption.
ii) financing for clean cookstoves in Nigeria and expanding the market for clean cookstoves through standards and labeling.
Implementers of clean cooking solutions in Nigeria will share their experiences, including their challenges and lessons learnt, at the Forum. A session on Safe Access to Fuels and Energy (SAFE) will wrap up the Forum. The forum will showcase varieties of clean cooking solutions.