Access to modern cooking solutions


    Landscape Analysis of Modern Energy Institutional Cooking

    2020 / MECS - Loughborough University

    The objective of this project was to 1) evaluate existing institutional cooking services and the level of readiness for the widespread adoption of modern energy cooking (i.e. electric or gas cooking) in sub-Sahara Africa and South, South-east Asia and to 2) support the development of a strategic, evidence-based action plan for the transition from biomass to modern energy cooking in institutional settings.

  • Rwanda

    Advanced Pre-Feasibility Study for Electrification and Clean Cooking for Rural Schools in Rwanda

    2019 / Stantec (UE)

    This project took place within the Technical Assistance Facility for the “Sustainable Energy for All” (SE4ALL) initiative, funded by the European Union and implemented by a consortium led by Stantec. The global objective of the project was to contribute to improve the standard of education and basic energy services by providing reliable electricity and environmentally sustainable cooking for public schools in Rwanda while reducing carbon emissions and unsustainable biomass consumption. MARGE was involved in the phase 2 (Advanced pre-feasibility) of the project, providing a financial expert to create and analyse various financial models related to solar electrification and clean cooking within 400+ schools in rural Rwanda.


    Development of the Integrated Action Plan and effective management tools to promote sustainable access to household energy and mitigate climate change

    2019 / Mairie de Bangui (EU)

    MARGE participates in the development of the Integrated Action Plan and effective management tools to promote sustainable access to household energy and mitigate climate change in the city of Bangui (PAAEDC) in the Central African Republic. This project is funded by the European Union through a partnership agreement with the Bangui City Council which has joined the Covenant of Mayors of Sub-Saharan Africa. The objective of this convention is to increase the capacity of cities to provide access to sufficient, sustainable, affordable and clean energy services for urban and peri-urban populations. MARGE team supports the Bangui City Council for the realization of the diagnostic study and the development of the PAAEDC action plan.


    Analysis of the Charcoal Value Chainin in Katete district

    2018 / SNV

    The overall objective of the project is to ensure increased and diversified income to smallholder farm households from agroforestry systems, while sustainably produced wood and non-wood forest products from trees grown outside forests contribute to reduced deforestation and forest degradation in Zambia. Under this project, MARGE’s role is to support the development of a sustainable charcoal value chain. The first step of this support is to carry out a baseline study on the charcoal value chain in Katete District. This study aims at identifying the driving forces behind charcoal production, understanding the key players in the value chain, documenting the current production techniques and possible improvement as well as providing information on the scale and economic value of the charcoal industry in Eastern Province, Zambia. 


    Nigeria Energy Support Programme (NESP) - Clean Cooking Intervention

    2015 - 2017 / GIZ

    The project consists in facilitating access to at least one improved agro-processing thermal energy technology for at least 300 cooperatives of rural agro-processors in one NESP State Partner, focusing on NIger State and rice processing. It aims to stimulate the launch of a viable commercial market for improved cooking/agro-processing equipment, by supporting selected manufacturers with technology improvement, business/marketing trainings, strengthening their distribution chains and marketing campaigns. In association with ICEED (Nigeria) we will carry out a market assessment, stakeholder mapping, education campaign to convince farmers to change technology for to make rice processing more energy efficient. M&E to ensure technology adoption. Coordination with relevant State Organizations and the Ministry of Environment through a Steering Committee will allow learning at the national level.