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The PRCCRCC project (Project for Community Capacity Building for Climate Change Resilience) trained its beneficiaries, including women, in the manufacture of improved stoves using less wood as one of the measures for adaptation to climate change. As it is women who are directly involved in the search for cooking wood and in the cooking of food, special emphasis was placed on their participation in promoting these stoves at the level of the project’s intervention hills.

The improved stoves that use little wood enable the beneficiaries, including women, to consume less wood for cooking and therefore to exert less pressure on the afforestation. Another finding is that these stoves reduce the cooking time of food and produce little smoke during cooking.

 

A core group of trainers to facilitate the sharing of experiences among project beneficiaries.

The PRCCRCC project trained a core group of trainers comprising 77 beneficiaries, including 36 men and 41 women, in the six intervention hills on the techniques for making mobile improved cookstoves and the construction of fixed stoves using little wood, with the aim of enabling a large number of beneficiaries to have access to these techniques.

Women’s participation is primarily in the work of extracting and preparing the clay prior to manufacture, and in the baking of these stoves. Women, as the first users of these improved stoves, are involved in their popularization at the hill level by extolling their virtues. Since the training to date, 938 improved stoves have been made by the project beneficiaries and they continue to make them.

The use of improved stoves at the level of beneficiary households is a climate change adaptation measure that mitigates the effects in the intervention area and also halves the amount of wood that households used to consume with traditional three-stone stoves.

These stoves do not emit smoke during cooking. This means that less greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere, which increases resilience to climate change.

 

An activity that values women.

The manufacture of these improved cookstoves is an income-generating activity for the beneficiaries, including women, as it provides additional household income. This income from the sale of these fireplaces enables the beneficiaries, especially women, to buy small livestock that provides them with organic manure and enables them to increase production in their kitchen gardens. The trained women are very active and are proud to be able to make these stoves for the entire project area.

Project presentation note

Inades-Formation implements a project that consists in identifying in African countries, actors (NGOs / Development associations, research institutes, farmers’ organisations, schools / academic institutions, individuals) and to capitalise their experiences, in two following fields:

  • Practices related to the adaptation of rural populations to climate change and / or mitigation / softening of its effects;
  • Inclusive1 Local Governance Initiatives for populations’ resilience to Climate Change;

Focus will be placed on experiences ensuring the participation of rural women or responding to their needs.

The project covers the period 2019-2020. The area of intervention is spread over three regions of Africa (West, Central and East), with a concentration on the following countries: Burkina Faso, Benin, Togo, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Chad, Cameroon, DR Congo, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Burundi and Tanzania

Concretely, it will deal with identifying actors who have experiences in one or in two categories of themes and to accompany them to document learning shareable according to the work carried out and the effects triggered within the community.

Actors-bearers of experiences in these two fields or one of these fields will be selected on the basis of a call for proposals. Thus, the best actors-bearers of experiences will be selected on the basis of their technical content, professional reference and financial proposal to document an experience.

At least 25 experiences in each of these fields (at least 50 experiences in total) will be selected. The diversity of actor-bearers, experiences and countries will be preferred as much as possible.

Thus, actors-bearers of experiences selected will be initiated to the methodology to follow to capitalise their experiences. They will benefit from a financial aid for the work expected by experience selected for capitalisation.

This work will allow the transformation of these experiences into shareable knowledge, valorisation of exemplary actions, emulation and scaling up in African countries and elsewhere. Products (written and audiovisual media) will be made available to each actor and disseminated on a large scale through different channels.

A directory of actors-bearers of experiences will be constituted. Then, an electronic platform of these actors-bearers will be set up and animated to continue a dynamic exchange of experiences.

To make capitalised experiences accessible to the general public and thus enhancing the work of the actors who bear them, the products of capitalisation will be summarised in the form of sheets of presentation which will be proposed. Then there will be a summary in one publishable document.

Some exemplary experiences will be selected to produce audio-visual aids. Edited videos will be compiled on a single audio-visual aid and shared.

The media produced will be widely disseminated through digitisation, put online, different channels – the organisation of a public conference, participation in public events for exhibition-distribution, network exploitation in which Inades-Formation and the actors of the project campaign, the contribution of their partners. Radio and television broadcasts are also envisaged.

Inades-Formation Kenya is working in partnership with SNV Netherlands in promotion of Smart Water Solutions. Among the clusters they are working in is Katangi Location.

In Katangi location the climatic conditions are erratic with low rainfalls which fall in the months of March to April and October December. These rains do not support main crops grown in the areas to maturing.

To provide water for supplementing the crop moisture requirement and in promotion of Water smart solution Inades-Formation Kenya has worked with two groups of Mekilingi and Wendo wa Mbuini to establish water ponds with capacity to hold about 400M³.
The two groups have total of 43 members who came together to excavate the soil and establish the ponds. Before establish the ponds the group members were travelling long distances in search for water for domestic and their livestock. The group members were manually involved in digging the trench, piling of the soil outside, establishing the slope and lining using pond liner provided by SNV through Inades Formation Kenya.

Upon the establishment the water ponds, the groups have been able to harvest sufficient water for their domestic and livestock.
Moreover the groups have established vegetable to supplement their household vegetable requirements and installed solar powered generator for channeling water to the crops to reduce operation costs and Green house gas emissions.

This is anticipated to translate in to health livestock and improved living standards of the people.

Mekilingi group members in their demo site- Kenya

Wendo wa Mbuini grp members excavating farm pond – Kenya