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Millennium Villages Cookstove Program Honored for Supporting Community Needs

The Millennium Villages Project’s (MVP) Household Stove Program was recently given a special achievement award for “Meeting Community Needs” at the Partnership for Clean Indoor Air Forum’s (PCIA) bi-annual meeting in Lima, Peru.  The award is “in appreciation and recognition of the MVP’s dedication to meeting community needs through household energy interventions,” and recognized the project’s dedication to tailoring programs by country and region to meet the cooking needs of households.

Katie Freeman, Energy and Income Generation Specialist for the Millennium Villages Project.

The MVP’s Energy and Income Generation Specialist, Katie Freeman, lead two workshop sessions on “Meeting Community Needs” in the MVP’s stove programs. The US EPA-sponsored PCIA brings together 460 individuals, nonprofits, governments, research organizations and businesses from around the world dedicated to technical and policy solutions to improved cooking in the developing world. At the invitation of the government of Peru and first lady Pilar Nores, the 2011 PCIA Form hosted 351 partners from 40 countries for five days of workshops, technical presentations and case studies from successful programs around the world aimed at accelerating action that reduces smoke exposure from cooking and heating practices—and ultimately improves the health, livelihood, and quality of life for millions of people around the world.

The MVP’s household stove program is at the core of the MVP’s energy sector and increases access to improved cooking technologies, reducing environmental stress, time/labor burden and indoor air pollution (IAP) associated with traditional cooking.  To date, the program has:

•    Conducted Controlled Cooking Tests (CCTs) in eight sites across seven countries to test locally made stoves, Envirofit stoves, and StoveTec stoves against the three‐stone fire.
•    Launched results‐based household stove programs in six sites across five countries: Ethiopia, Tanzania, Mali, Uganda and Nigeria.
•    Sold over 7,000 household stoves at a 0%‐50% subsidy.
•    Decreased fuelwood collection times by up to 50% for over 1,000 households in Africa

Cookstove in Millennium Village of Tiby in Mali
Banner featuring a collage of extreme heat images.

Recent record-breaking heat waves have affected communities across the world. The Extreme Heat Workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners to advance the state of knowledge, identify community needs, and develop a framework for evaluating risks with a focus on climate justice. Register by June 15

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