April 04, 2013
Location: New York, NY

The Public-Private Alliance Foundation (PPAF) will convene a consultation on the morning of April 4 at the United Nations, sponsored by the UN Office for Partnerships and others.  PPAF, Path To Haiti Business Consulting LLC, SImACT, Inc. and other partners are conducting a pilot project toward commercialization of ethanol cookstoves and fuel supply in Haiti.  Dometic Group AB has long manufactured these stoves and Project Gaia, Inc. has donated an initial supply to the project. 

The meeting has two purposes – (a) to advance expansion of the project by bringing together a range of actors for agreements and next steps, and (b) to promote the benefits and possibilities of ethanol cookstoves and fuel in Haiti and elsewhere.  The consultation will include plenary and small group discussions, leading to further interactions.

The pilot project is underway in towns of Southeast Haiti where growing sugarcane and producing alcohol have a strong tradition.  High-proof, a.k.a. pharmacy-grade, alcohol from Haitian small-scale sugarcane distilleries, fuels the project stoves. Through partnership with ACFFC, ADASE, Farmers & Distillers of Leogane, Rotary Club of Jacmel and other local groups, hundreds of people have so far seen or used them, including low-income mothers, community organization representatives, small business owners, government officials and in a hotel buffet.  It is the first project of its kind in Haiti. 

The project responds to a growing desire by Haitians at all levels to overcome the poverty-respiratory disease-deforestation trap of the country’s heavy reliance on cooking with wood or charcoal.  Commercialization of the cookstoves and fuel takes advantage of existing equipment and technology and creates a new value stream for farmers and distillers 

A partner in the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (hosted by the UN Foundation), PPAF works with collaborators to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and protect the environment in the developing world at household and small business levels.  PPAF is also a member of the UN Global Compact, the Global Gender and Climate Alliance and the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels.  PPAF has previously hosted seminars on bioenergy, business and related topics at UN Headquarters, in the Dominican Republic and in Haiti.  Next steps are now important, within the project and more broadly.

Sponsors, supporters and participants include UN Office for Partnerships, UN Division for Sustainable Development, Madagascar Mission to the UN, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, UN Association of the USA Southern New York State Division and its Energy Project, Path To Haiti Business Consulting LLC, Dometic Group AB, Project Gaia Inc., Rotary Club of New York, Haiti government officials, Haitian diaspora organizations, UN and UN agency officials, technical experts, business and investment specialists, sugar industry specialists, remittances companies, non-profit organizations, the press, and others.

Seating is limited.  Attendance is by invitation.  If you would like to participate please contact us.