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Prolenha and PGI Brazil Lead Ecological Cooking Seminar -  Recife, Brazil 

The seminar was held June 11-12, 2013 and aimed to spur policy-level discussions to improve access to clean cooking in Brazil. 
Top: Seminar participants included state-level government representatives and energy experts
Middle: Rogerio Miranda, President of Prolenha 
Bottom: Participants discuss post-seminar action plan 

Photo Credit: Regina Couto 

Prolenha & PGI Brazil Hold Seminar on Ecological Cooking in Recife, Brazil

Energy experts and government representatives gathered on June 11-12, 2013 at the Federal Rural University of Pernambuco to discuss public policy initiatives concerning the diffusion of ecological cooking technologies in Brazil. Deforestation and the health-related consequences of indoor air pollution pose significant threats to rural Brazilian households, 85% of which depend on firewood for cooking. The proposed actions to increase access to cleaner stoves and fuels gained strong initial support from policy makers present at the seminar.

Francis Campello, the Director of the Department for Combating Desertification Secretariat of the Extraction and Sustainable Rural Development section which functions under the Ministry of Environment (MMA) remarked, "The issue domestic energy in the Northeast brings social and environmental indicators that point to the need for concerted action toward energy security family areas susceptible to desertification." Under the leadership of Prolenha, that concerted action will likely be the widespread promotion and sale improved wood and liquid fuel stoves.


Ms. Regina Couto represented Project Gaia Brazil at the seminar and promoted the development and use of ethanol cookstoves and fuels alongside the Prolenha improved wood stoves.  Organizations from the states of Pernamuco and Bahia took interest in testing the ethanol stove and fuel model through community-level organizations. To read more about the seminar, click here.  

Seventh Annual TIDES Field Demonstration: Clean Fuel Solutions for Humanitarian Assistance

Please join our friends at Babington Technologies at the Annual TIDES Technology Field Demonstration on October 1-4 at Ft. McNair, Washington DC as they demonstrate the Disaster Relief Mobile Kitchen Trailer. The Mobile Trailer humanitarian works to cook and serve food rapidly, a fundamental task in any humanitarian/disaster relief service.  The Babington mobile trailers are unique and innovative as they can burn any distillate liquid fuel efficiently. Project Gaia is discussing with Babington to possibility of expanding the presence of the feeding trailer in refugee camps in Africa, specifically to Somali camps in Eastern Ethiopia, where Project Gaia and partners have been sourcing ethanol fuel since 2007.  Please read Babington’s cookstove profile on the GACC website here.

Please join Babington Technologies for their event which will feature a cooking demonstration on Wednesday October 2, 2013 from Noon until 5:00pm. Cooks will prepare authentic Ethiopian dishes to demonstrate the versatility of the Babington Disaster Relief Mobile Kitchen Trailer.  Please see more info here.


IWECI Summit in New York, Sept 20-23

Join many of our colleagues at the Global Gender and Climate Alliance at the International Women's Earth and Climate Initiative Summit which will bring together 100 global women leaders from all levels - from grassroots to policy makers- for a dialogue to enhance gender-focused climate agenda.  Please click on the image for details. 


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