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Clean Cooking Forum 2022

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Alex Eaton

CEO, Sistema.bio

Alex is the CEO and co-founder of Sistema.bio, a social business that works with smallholder farmers around the world to address climate change, food security, and poverty. Alex is an Ashoka Fellow, a Switzer Environmental Leadership Fellow, and an Endeavor Entrepreneur. He is also co-founder of GLE, a production and storytelling company. Alex was Director of Sustainability at charity: water, Director at the International Renewable Resources Institute (IRRI) and co-founder of the Latin American Biogas Network (RedBioLAC). Previous roles include freelance journalist, photographer, cinematographer, educator and mountain, river and helicopter ski guide. Alex has a MS in Environmental Engineering and a BA in Journalism and is currently based in Mexico City. Growing up on a small farm, Alex is extremely focused on the interaction between agriculture, natural ecosystems and society, and still identifies as a farmer.

Day 0 October 10
Sessions by Alex Eaton
Day 1 October 11
Sessions by Alex Eaton
12:30 pm-1:30 pm
Breakout Room B

There Is No Food Security Without Clean Cooking

As governments, donors and organizations struggle to respond to a global hunger crisis of unprecedented proportions, changing the way people cook is rarely acknowledged as the vital solution it is. In the past two years, the impacts of climate change, COVID-19 and global conflicts have more than doubled the number of people facing acute food insecurity to 345 million in 82 countries today. Without drastic global food system reform, as many as 80 million more people could face hunger by 2050, especially in Africa, south Asia and central America.

Cooking is an integral part of the food system – most obviously impacting consumption and nutrition – but as a major driver of climate change and land degradation, it also has a significant impact on food production.

This session will discuss the complexity of the global food crisis, explore the interconnections between clean cooking and efforts towards a sustainable food system, and share lessons from holistic regenerative agriculture approaches and institutional cooking efforts.

Watch this session.

Speakers
Iwona Bisaga Research Associate, Modern Energy Cooking Services
Dr. Raffaella Bellanca Senior Energy for Food Advisor, World Food Programme
Alex Eaton CEO, Sistema.bio
Dr. Wanida Lewis CEO, Crescendo Foods
Day 2 October 12
Sessions by Alex Eaton
4:45 pm-6:30 pm
Adlon Ballroom

Closing Plenary

Speakers
H.E. Hajia Samira Bawumia Second Lady of Ghana
Alex Eaton CEO, Sistema.bio
Gabriela Elizondo Azuela Practice Manager, Energy Sector Management Assistance Program, World Bank
Peter George Co-Investment Director, Spark+ Africa Fund; Chairman, Stichting Modern Cooking
Honorable Elizabeth Naa Kwatsoe Tawiah Sackey Mayor of Accra
Kofi Nketsia-Tabiri Founder and CEO, XpressGas
Jillene Connors Belopolsky Chief of Staff and Chief External Affairs Officer, Clean Cooking Alliance
Mwayi Kampesi CEO and Founder, Planet Green Africa
Fiona Wanjiku Moejes CEO, Mawazo Institute
Akil Callender Youth Specialist, SEforALL
Gathoni Kimani Senior Associate, Market Strengthening and Venture Catalyst, Clean Cooking Alliance
Shirley McAlpine Founder, Shirley McAlpine & Associates
Dymphna van der Lans CEO, Clean Cooking Alliance
Monojeet Pal Manager, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, African Development Bank
Nishdeep Sethi Group Director, Structured Finance, African Guarantee Fund
Rosemary Enobakhare Associate Administrator, Office of Public Engagement and Environmental Education, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of the Administrator
Feisal Hussain Senior Director, Innovative Finance, Clean Cooking Alliance
Sameer Shukla Adviser to the Practice Manager, Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP)
Day 3 October 13
Sessions by Alex Eaton
Day 4 October 14
Sessions by Alex Eaton
Sessions by Alex Eaton
Sessions by Alex Eaton
12:30 pm-1:30 pm
Breakout Room B

There Is No Food Security Without Clean Cooking

As governments, donors and organizations struggle to respond to a global hunger crisis of unprecedented proportions, changing the way people cook is rarely acknowledged as the vital solution it is. In the past two years, the impacts of climate change, COVID-19 and global conflicts have more than doubled the number of people facing acute food insecurity to 345 million in 82 countries today. Without drastic global food system reform, as many as 80 million more people could face hunger by 2050, especially in Africa, south Asia and central America.

Cooking is an integral part of the food system – most obviously impacting consumption and nutrition – but as a major driver of climate change and land degradation, it also has a significant impact on food production.

This session will discuss the complexity of the global food crisis, explore the interconnections between clean cooking and efforts towards a sustainable food system, and share lessons from holistic regenerative agriculture approaches and institutional cooking efforts.

Watch this session.

Speakers
Iwona Bisaga Research Associate, Modern Energy Cooking Services
Dr. Raffaella Bellanca Senior Energy for Food Advisor, World Food Programme
Alex Eaton CEO, Sistema.bio
Dr. Wanida Lewis CEO, Crescendo Foods
Sessions by Alex Eaton
4:45 pm-6:30 pm
Adlon Ballroom

Closing Plenary

Speakers
H.E. Hajia Samira Bawumia Second Lady of Ghana
Alex Eaton CEO, Sistema.bio
Gabriela Elizondo Azuela Practice Manager, Energy Sector Management Assistance Program, World Bank
Peter George Co-Investment Director, Spark+ Africa Fund; Chairman, Stichting Modern Cooking
Honorable Elizabeth Naa Kwatsoe Tawiah Sackey Mayor of Accra
Kofi Nketsia-Tabiri Founder and CEO, XpressGas
Jillene Connors Belopolsky Chief of Staff and Chief External Affairs Officer, Clean Cooking Alliance
Mwayi Kampesi CEO and Founder, Planet Green Africa
Fiona Wanjiku Moejes CEO, Mawazo Institute
Akil Callender Youth Specialist, SEforALL
Gathoni Kimani Senior Associate, Market Strengthening and Venture Catalyst, Clean Cooking Alliance
Shirley McAlpine Founder, Shirley McAlpine & Associates
Dymphna van der Lans CEO, Clean Cooking Alliance
Monojeet Pal Manager, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, African Development Bank
Nishdeep Sethi Group Director, Structured Finance, African Guarantee Fund
Rosemary Enobakhare Associate Administrator, Office of Public Engagement and Environmental Education, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of the Administrator
Feisal Hussain Senior Director, Innovative Finance, Clean Cooking Alliance
Sameer Shukla Adviser to the Practice Manager, Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP)
Sessions by Alex Eaton
Sessions by Alex Eaton