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Ghana: Ministry of Food and Agriculture Awards One of ELCAP’S Project

February 18th, 2014 Posted in Climate Change, elcap, English, Ghana
Awaal receiving her prize on the Farmers Day

Awaal receiving her prize on the Farmers Day

The Energy Saving Stoves (ESS) may probably not be a new concept in Ghana, but the whole practice nearly got extinct from the system till the Enhancing Livelihood through Climate Change Adaptation Project (ELCAP) incorporated the construction of the ESS in some communities in northern Ghana. ELCAP is now being implemented in 16 communities in the northern, upper east and west regions of Ghana.

Women in most of these communities took the construction of the Energy Saving Stoves as a business and started constructing for other people and households in and around their villages. One such person is Alaal Amengbun who since receiving training in June 2013 has constructed 102 stoves for households in Gbatarago, Kpatia, Noboko, Biambogo and Alimgbego all in the Garu Tempane District of the Upper East Region.

It was as a result of her hard work that she was awarded in her district by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture on the 29th Farmers’ Day celebration for contributing to environmentally friendly practices through her construction of the ESS.

Alaal showing certificate and byke

“I was very happy for this recognition and I even danced. I saw myself as a learner after the training and I was always willing to construct for my friends around for free but after construction they give me food ingredients and sometimes soap or a little token”.

Alaal was given a certificate of honour and a bicycle which according to her is serving as a means of transport for her son who is in Junior High School.

She  added that she lost her husband less than a year ago and it was very challenging taking care of her children but the training and skill she had gained from the ELCAP is supporting her to get some ingredients and other items to add up to the petty trading she is doing.

Alaal Amengbun is just one of the many women who are helping construct the Energy Saving Stoves for people in their communities. The ESS unlike the  traditional three-stone structure for cooking which was time consuming and fuel demanding uses other conventional materials like maize husk and other dry materials with little wood.  According to the women who are using the ESS, heat retention is high and that makes cooking very faster than the three stone method that they were using.

Naana Nkansah Agyekum
Media and Communications Officer
Oxfam in Ghana



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