Friends of the Environment
To promote environmental sustainability through advocacy, education, awareness creation and initiatives in the areas of renewable energy sources, waste management, economic empowerment and gender issues.
Capacity Building, Climate/Environment, Gender / Womens Empowerment, Health, Heating, Monitoring and Evaluation, Research
Technologies & Fuels
Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)
Clean Cooking Activities
Part of our objectives as an organization is to introduce Nigeria’s rural and peri-urban communities to alternative and renewable energy sources such as solar devices, improved woodstoves, energy-efficient stoves (EES), biogas technology etc particularly the women.
FOTE constructed two pilot biogas plants for the Ojokoro (Agege) Ifelodun Cooperative Agricultural Multi-purpose Society Limited in Lagos. The plants fed on pig waste and the gas generated was used in the abattoir, among other things to boil water for skinning the pigs.
FOTE worked with the Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN) to introduce the improved wood and saw dust stoves to some rural communities in Lagos State. Ajido, a community in the Badagry Local Government Area was selected for the pilot production of stoves designed to conserve wood and increase energy efficiency. The stoves were distributed free to some villagers, who used them for a period of 6 months. This was monitored and the experiences documented.
FOTE was the Nigerian Focal Point for the UNIFEM Gender Renewable Energy Systems Development and Applications (GRESDA). GRESDA is an economic empowerment programme, initiated by UNIFEM to support women in increasing the efficiency of their economic activities using renewable energy technologies and services. As the implementing organization, FOTE successfully implemented the pilot project proposed under the programme which was a cassava processing factory complete with a biogas digester in Enugu.
In Nigeria, Friends of the Environment is a strong advocate on the use of cleaner energy services and technology in households, boarding schools and small businesses including food vendors. Our objective is to create conditions in which a large percentage of the population, particularly the lower income groups improve the socio-economic and environmental conditions of the poor and vulnerable, particularly women and children, whose health are usually negatively affected by indoor air pollution arising from cooking with fuel wood.
We are currently working on popularizing the use of cleaner, modern fuel in the form of LPG, and create sustainable markets for its consumption and use in households, institutions (e.g. boarding schools) and small businesses in Nigeria for improved living conditions and enhanced forest conservation through reduced fuel wood consumption. We have started with three communities in Lagos State, South West Nigeria with support from GEF-SGP administered by UNDP as well as Zenith Bank Plc in Nigeria, and hope to replicate the project across the country, funding being available.
Partnership with a reputable body such as The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves will help boost the activities of FOTE by providing access to additional funding, capacity building, as well as opportunity to engage with an ambitious and impactful network. In the same vain our membership will also help enrich the achievements of The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves as it would include FOTE expertise and experience in Nigeria in its body of knowledge.
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Country Based In
106/110 Lewis Street
Lagos Island, Lagos State
Primary Point of Contact
Name: Mrs. Adekunbi Adesokan
Title: Director, Projects
Phone: +234 803 4540 082
Secondary Point of Contact
Name: Mr. Biodun Maduka
Title: Director, Strategy & Communications
Phone: +234 802 3032 495Request an Edit to This Profile