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Cooking for Life Programme (CFL)
Description/achievement of initiative

The project through partnership will promote and increase access to modern, cleaner and more affordable sources of energy for cooking in Kiribati, Tuvalu and RMI. The heavy reliance on fuel wood for cooking have made its mark in the coral atolls like Kiribati, RMI and Tuvalu where the rapidly declining supply have forced people to use kerosene. The use of fuel wood and kerosene for cooking is both an environmental problem in terms of the unsustainable cutting of trees and emissions and a health hazard to women and children mostly

Implementation methodologies

1) Cooking fuel survey conducted; analysis of data and report presented;2) Develop a Cooking for Life (CFL) and heating strategy; and investment plans for the countries;3) Implementation of the Cooking for Life and heating strategy and investment plans;4) Capacity building on technical aspects and accounting (book-keeping) for government officials; NGO and community ( women’s group);5) Development of a sustainable business model for the establishment of small-micro finance business to be coordinated by women; and6) Improve and establish quality international standards of storage area for LPG.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

March 2013- 2014 ( cooking fuel survey, consultation with project partners and Development of the Cooking For Life (CFL) strategy and investment plan for each country - Kiribati, Tuvalu and RMI). 2016 -2017 implementation of pilot projects in Kiribati and Tuvalu. Projects activities pilot 100 households for use of LPG and 110 households for improved biomass stoves in Kiribati and Tuvalu. Includes the technical and business training for local NGOs and households.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

The Energy programme of the Economic Development Division of the Pacific Community (SPC) will be responsible for the overall project coordination, management and reporting on its implementation and progress to the project partners.A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will be developed and signed with key project partners for the implementation of the project.


Government ( Department of Energy); Local NGOs, Women’s group, Private Sector and Development Partners
Progress reports
Goal 3
3.9 - By 2030, substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination
Goal 5
5.b - Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women
Goal 7
7.1 - By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services
Reduction in the use of kerosene stove in Kiribati, Tuvalu and RMI.A total of 1,000 households (6,000 people) for each of the countries (Kiribati, Tuvalu and RMI) to have access to modern and more affordable sources of energy through LPG and improved biomass stoves
More than 100 women from the target communities and 20 trainers from the project partners receive technical and business training from the project
Adoption of a regional standard for LPG storage.
Establishment of 4 energy shops coordinated by local NGOs and women’s group
Other, please specify
Private sector investment in improved biomass stoves and LPG accessories.
Other, please specify
Provide funding for hardware (purchase of LPG kit and accessories; improved biomass stoves) and soft measures - capacity building, training and awareness program.
Staff / Technical expertise
SPC and support from the Department of Energy to provide technical assistance and advisory role to the countries
In-kind contribution
Support from the project partners ( local NGOs, Government, Women’s group and community)

Basic information
Time-frame: 2014 - 2018
Government ( Department of Energy); Local NGOs, Women’s group, Private Sector and Development Partners
Contact information
Solomone Fifita, Deputy Director Energy Programme, Economic Development Division, Pacific Community (SPC), SolomoneF@spc.int
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