Since winning an Ashden Award in 2008, the Gaia Association has been busy. More low-income families in Adis Ababa are feeling the benefits of cleaner, safer cooking fuel, CleanCook stoves are being used by thousands of families across the Kebribeyah and Awbarre refugee camps and stoves are being trialled and distributed in Nigeria, Brazil, South Africa and Madagascar. Now their impressive work has been recognised by the World Bioenergy Association.
In April, Executive Director Harry Stokes was selected from over ninety nominations as one of seven shortlisted to win a World Bioenergy Award. The acclaimed award marks out those who are developing bioenergy across the sectors. What an achievement - Stokes has been shortlisted alongside those from a range of professional areas, standing out for his commitment to making efficient, affordable cleanburning stoves widely accessible for African households. A worthy contender for the prize, our fingers are crossed! Announcements for the winner will be made on the 25th of May at World Bioenergy 2010 Conference and Exhibition.
If you want to find out more about our winners, visit our website. If you would like to read more about the benefits of improved stoves, download our recent research report, Stoking up a cookstove revolution: The secret weapon against poverty and climate change.