The Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria has boosted the sales of efficient wood stoves produced by local potters in northern Nigeria. In February 2017, Caritas took delivery of 2,000 stoves produced by the potters thus putting money in their pockets and food on the table for their families.
Caritas is a leading humanitarian organisation in Nigeria. It plans to distribute these stoves in Cross River State. The fuel-efficient woodstoves reduce wood consumption by 60% and as such, save money, cooking time and improve health. In addition, firewood savings leads to reduced environmental degradation and desertification as fewer trees will be cut down for the purpose of cooking.
To support clean cooking in institutions, Caritas provided efficient institutional woodstoves to Stella Maris Preparatory Seminary, Uyangha and Immaculate Conception Seminary, Mfamosing in Akamkpa Local Government Area, Cross River State. Designed in East Africa and produced by ICEED, the stove reduces firewood consumption by 80%. It eliminates smoke from the kitchen and ensures improved health for the institutions’ cooks.
The International Centre for Energy, Environment and Development (ICEED) in partnership with the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is supporting the development and adoption of highly efficient low-cost stove models and helping to build entrepreneurship among local farmers, potters and skilled artisans in Nigeria.