Clean cooking solutions and development of a climate change mitigation programme by Climate Advocacy
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The revised proposal is much improved compared to initial submission. Barriers are clearly stated and how the initiative is expected to overcome them. The initiative seems sound and attacking a real problem. The new cookstove is much more convenient to use and efficient than the traditional ones: However it is also more expensive. The plan is to develop a large market for the new cookstoves without the help of subsidies to overcome the additional cost. According to the proposal, this is possible thanks to the revenue obtained from CERs. However, it is not clear how those CER will be sold.
In addition, more work need to be done on how it will succeed in an area where several well funded initiatives have failed. Hinting that the topic may be more linked to cultural issues rather that not the product of the supply chain itself, the initiative should give more room to these issues and explain clearly how the product and the distribution of ICS will be able to break the cultural issue and the local customs.
The author is strongly urged to work with local manufacturing and community channel partners, considering that many regions / communities already have the latest version of a 'clean cookstoves'.
Clean cookstoves is an issue that has been a major topic for a decade+ including substantial federal funding. You need to really articulate what makes your proposal about distribution of ICS unique and sustainable (without heavy subsidy). Because so many approaches have been tested and failed. As you note, it is not that there are no good options for ICS, it is a cultural issue and a supply chain issue.
In addition, the presentation of the proposal could be improved (some units missing in tables, spelling errors, grammatical errors). It would have been interesting to see a descritption of the barriers to clean cook stove market take-off and how the proposal was addresses the removal of those barriers.
Nov 5, 2017
Thank you for your comments on concerning issues of our proposal. I have tried my best to address those issues in various sections of the revised proposal. I would like to recapitulate our responses on those issues here too.