The Coordinator for the Organization for Indigenous initiative and Sustainability Ghana, ORGIIS, Julius Awaregya has described as worrying the unsustainable use of wood as fuel has contributed to environmental degradation.

He further attributed the level of energy poverty of women and girls in rural communities in Africa to unpaid labor cost for the time women and girls spend most of their day performing basic subsistence task including time consuming and physically draining tasks of biomass. Speaking in an interview the sidelines of a stakeholder’s workshop in the Kassena Nankana Municipality Mr Awaregya disclosed the in partnership with SNV and the Netherland Development Organization, ORGIIS is working to mitigate the energy poverty that most developmental policies fails to address.

While a multitude of technologies exist that could potentially address the suite of problems linked to the current biomass cooking practices, efforts to disseminate these technologies and promote change on cooking behavior have often fallen short. He further indicated that improved cook stoves contribute to poverty alleviation and vulnerability reduction in Ghana adding despite the potential health and social benefits, adoption and use of improved cook stove has been low due to price for target population. Mr Awarega explained that ORGIIS has been supporting rural women groups to form cooperatives to be supplied with these improved stoves and payment made in six-month installment.

A price, peers and perception P3study protocol was conducted in the Kassena Nankana Municipality to address the limited opportunities for households to learn about the cook stove through peers and perceptions that these technologies are not appropriate for local cooking needs. The Gender Desk Officer and Planning Officer at the Kassena Nankana Municipal Assembly called on ORGIIS to trains local artisans to develop same technology for local use and hinted the Assembly plans to liaise with government and other agencies to give subsidies on the cooking stove.

Apexnewsgh.com/Ghana/ Contributor Prosper Adaakai

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