TRAction Participates in Global Alliance Clean Cooking Forum in Ghana

From November 10-13, 2015, the USAID|Translating Research into Action (TRAction) Project will join over 400 leaders from the private sector, governments, academia, the United Nations, and global development banks at the 2015 Clean Cooking Forum in Accra, Ghana. Hosted by TRAction partner the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (the Alliance), this year’s Forum theme is “Accelerating Markets. Scaling Solutions.” Stakeholders will share best practices and business models, present valuable research findings, and continue to develop the clean cooking sector. By accelerating the use of clean cookstoves, the burden of disease caused by household air pollution can be greatly reduced.


In July 2015, USAID|TRAction and the Alliance announced a collaboration of jointly funded research on clean cooking adoption. Research teams from Kintampo Health Research Center (KHRC), University of North Carolina (UNC), and University of California-San Francisco (UCSF) are evaluating existing clean cooking interventions to better understand the barriers to and motivators for using clean cooking technology. Representatives from the research teams as well as from the organizations or governments implementing the interventions will be presenting on topics such as child health and clean cooking, accelerating the use of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for cooking, and drivers of sustained adoption.


Forum Sessions related to the joint TRAction and Alliance research include:


Evaluating the Child Health Benefits of Clean Cooking

November 10, 2015, 11:30 am – 1:00pm, Britannia Room

Kwaku Poku Asante of KHRC will discuss current research on the impact of exposure to household air pollution on child health. Dr. Asante is currently leading TRAction and Alliance funded research on Ghana’s Rural LPG Program, which promotes LPG use in rural Ghana.


Global Progress on LPG for Cooking: What Can We Do to Accelerate Getting to a Greater Scale?

November 11, 2015, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm, Opera Room

Christina Espinosa, Co-Founder and CEO of Gente Gas in Guatemala, will participate in a panel discussion on how countries can identify opportunities for action and leverage public-private partnerships to help grow the sector. TRAction and Alliance funded researchers from UCSF are evaluating Gente Gas, which is a Guatemalan social enterprise that trains women to sell stoves and LPG and to provide educational outreach.


Marketing from the Enterprise Point of View

November 11, 2015, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm, Opera Room

Eric Reynolds, CEO and founder of Inyenyeri in Rwanda, will present on lessons learned from distribution of improved stoves, promotional partnerships, and interactions with consumers. TRAction and Alliance funded researchers from UNC are evaluating Inyenyeri, which is a Rwanda-based company that sells biomass fuel pellets to interested households and leases improved stoves to these households.


What Drives Sustained Adoption of Clean Cooking?

November 11, 2015, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm, Britannia Room

Pamela Jagger of UNC will join other researchers to share research evidence on ways to ensure sustained adoption of clean cooking. Dr. Jagger is currently leading the TRAction and Alliance funded research evaluating adoption of clean cooking within Inyenyeri’s biomass fuel pellet intervention in Rwanda.


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A woman inspects her new, clean cookstove. Photo courtesy of KHRC.
November 05, 2015
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