The sustainable Fuel Wood Management project aims to encourage the use Improved Cooking Stoves. ICs are designed to be energy-efficient, and this translates into the consumption of less fuel wood or charcoal, saving time and resulting in less production of harmful smoke in comparison to the traditional stoves.
The key to achieving such level of ICs development is systematic gender sensitive capacity building/trainings for improved cookstoves value-chain actors. This is imperative for a country like Nigeria, where majority (especially, in rural and peri-urban areas) are still depending on 3-stone open to sun method of cooking.
In the patriarchal communities in Nigeria, sex-roles are well defined, leading to gender-stereotypes, that engender gender division of labour. In all communities in Nigeria, women cook for household members every day, and for community members, as the occasion demands, and this is also usually frequent. They also bath for children, the elderly and the disabled, as part of their caregiving roles. Women need to use energy, and so they source for energy to carry out these care labour successfully. Hence the need for gender sensitivity in manufacturing, production and distribution and sales of the ICs.
The pilot training held in Kaduna for end users of the Cookstoves, here is how it went in pictures.