Cookstoves for Productive Uses (Webinar)

March 16, 2017


Time: 14:00 – 15:30 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)/Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

In the cookstoves sector, much attention is appropriately paid to household-level cooking. But open fires and rudimentary biomass cookstoves are also used widely for entrepreneurial activities. Cleaner and more efficient cookstoves for these commercial applications can result in improved working conditions, higher profit margins, better quality products, and reduced environmental impacts.

Would you like to hear about current efforts to promote and expand clean and efficient technologies and approaches for productive uses? Attend this webinar to learn how the use of improved cookstoves in three productive use applications is improving livelihoods, increasing quality of commercial products and reducing environmental degradation in Africa. 

  • Institutional Stove Solutions (InStove) shea butter processing in Ghana.
  • Initiative Développement ylang-ylang oil processing in Comoros.
  • SNV Netherlands Development Organisation fish smoking in Ghana

About the speakers:                                      

Ms. Benedicta Avega is a trained environmentalist with five years’ experience working in diverse sectors such as post-harvest fisheries, forestry, renewable energy, finance and development, community relations, and cookstoves technology development and promotion.  She has worked on the Improved Fish Smoking and Mangrove Conservation Project, funded by the Netherlands Government, and is currently the Project Manager for the Sustainable Fisheries Management Project within the Energy Sector at SNV Ghana.  Ms. Avega has a BS in Environment and Development Studies and a Master’s in Environmental Science.

Adam Creighton leads Institutional Stove Solutions (InStove), a hybrid model social venture that is a non-profit organization on one side and a benefit corporation manufacturing InStoves and allied technologies. Adam holds the position of CEO for the benefit corporation and Development Director for the non-profit. Adam is dedicated to the mission of InStove and brings a background in journalism and is a certified teacher. Adam is a tireless advocate for the integration of clean cookstoves into community based programs to ensure impact. 

Julie Gaston works for Initiative Développement leading the FY DAFE (Ylang-Ylang supply chain - efficient stove distillation) project based in Anjouan, Comoros. This project supports stakeholders involved in the Ylang-Ylang supply chain, from the flowers to the oil, with a goal of making the supply chain environmentally and economically sustainable, with a focus on energy saving distillation technology. She previously spent a year in Congo Brazzaville as head of the Saving Cooking Stoves Supply Chain project.

How to Join

Webinar participation is free. For the web portion, a high-speed internet connection is required. Please note that the webinar technology allows attendees to listen to audio through their computer or by phone.  Additional log-in information will be provided upon registration.  

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