USAID’s Catalyzing Clean Energy in Bangladesh (CCEB) program, in partnership with GIZ and WorldFish organised a regional workshop at Jila Parishad, Bhola on Feb 27, 2017 to promote climate resilient and environment-friendly improved cook stove and retained heat cooker.
Bhola is one of the nine coastal districts where the USAID-funded Enhanced Coastal Fisheries in Bangladesh (ECOFISH Bangladesh) project is being implemented by the Department of Fisheries and WorldFish. As part of the ongoing research, ECOFISH will distribute 40 improved cook stoves and retained heat cooker among women fishers in Bhola through its local partner COAST Trust.
CCEB will provide technical support for transferring the technology to community. Dr. Martin L. van Brakel, Scientist – Livelihood Resilience, ECOFISH project said that this climate-resilient energy efficient technology will save both time and money of the poor villagers and will help them to become more productive. Retained heat cooker saves up to 50% of the cooking time that will contribute in saving fuel and money and produce less smoke. It reduces health risks from smokes produced while cooking.
Mr. Abdul Momin Tulu, Chairman of Zila Porisad, Bhola, was attended the workshop as the Chief Guest. He emphasised on making the improved cook stove and retained heat cooker more affordable for rural people. Engr. S.M. Mahmud Hassan, Chief of Party, Catalyzing Clean Energy in Bangladesh was provided the welcome speech. Representatives from USAID, GIZ, WorldFish and local NGOs were attended the workshop among others. Grameen Jano Unnayan Sangstha helped in organising the event as a local partner.