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PGI Nigerian Director Joe Obueh receives 150 CleanCook ethanol stoves from NABDA for the Ibadan maternal health outcome study.

Chef José Andrés and a group of Celebrity Chefs launch the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (Alliance) Chef Corps at the Clean Cooking Forum 2013 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Photo Credit: Bokeh Cambodia.

Updates from March & February

Ibadan Maternal Health Outcome Study Updates

March brought an important milestone to the University of Chicago-led public health study. PGI Nigeria Director Joe Obueh traveled from Ibadan to Ogbomosho, the site of the NABDA Ethanol Microdistillery project, to receive 150 CleanCook ethanol stoves from the Nigerian National Biotechnology Development Agency. Dr. Oyedele, Director of NABDA-Ogbomosho BIODEC, officially presented the cookstoves to Mr. Joe Obueh and Mr. Adebayo in support of the ambitious study.

Earlier in March, the public health study team kickstarted the stove and fuel project component of the study entitled, "Household Air Pollution from Burning Biomass: Implications for Maternal Health and Pregnancy Outcomes in Ibadan" with a 2-day inception training and capacity building protocol. The training was led by Joe Obueh for the team at the
Healthy Life For All Foundation, a key implementing partner of the project in Ibadan.

Gaia at 2013 Clean Cooking Forum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia 

Project Gaia and Gaia Association attended the 2013 Clean Cooking Forum organized by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and partners in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The year 2013 saw increased attendance and attention to the issue of clean cookstoves. PGI Assistant Executive Director Brady Luceno and Gaia Association Director Wubshet Tadele presented the work of Gaia in the UNHCR Somali refugee camps in Ethiopia in the session entitled, Innovations in Responding to the Needs of Refugees, IDPs, and Vulnerable Populations. 

Pictures and further commentary from the Forum will be available on the Project Gaia Flickr in the next couple of weeks. 

Project Gaia Featured in GGCA Interview 

Project Gaia had the opportunity to speak about its international work with the Global Gender and Climate Alliance's Program Assistant Abigail Long in February 2014. The full in interview is currently available at the GGCA website. The GGCA is a dynamic network that functions to ensure that climate change policies, decision making, and initiatives at the global, regional, and national levels are gender responsive. PGI highly values its membership in the GGCA as household energy is at the heart of gender and climate change issues. 


March 13-15, 2013: Project Gaia ED Harry Stokes was a speaker at the 2013 Feeding Cities conference at UPenn. The conference examined the critical relationship between urbanization and food security throughout the world. Click the image to see who else participated in this critical dialogue. 

Cookstove & Fuel Consultation

PGI will participate in an Ethanol Fuel & Cookstove Consultation convened by PPAF on April 4, 2013 at the United Nations. The consultation will serve to advance the ethanol stove and fuel pilot currently implemented by PPAF, Path to Hait and others and supported by Project Gaia in Southeast Haiti. 

Please see the full event details here

What's Coming Up for Project Gaia? 

Project Gaia is currently working on a communication design project with students at the SVA Design for Social Innovation Masters Program. Stay tuned to see what creative concepts result from this exciting collaboration! 

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