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The Improved Cook Stove Programme in Lao PDR aims to contribute to poverty reduction through the production of sustainable and efficient Improved Cook Stoves (ICS). The distribution of the ICS contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The current phase of the programme commenced in February 2013 with a partnership between the Association for Rural Mobilization and Improvement (ARMI) and SNV Netherlands Development Organisation with support from The European Union, Oxfam, and The Blue Moon Fund.

The annual multi-stakeholder meeting this year was organized in Champassak province, at the Pakse Hotel on September 10th 2014. The purpose of the meeting is to showcase the achievements and the lessons learned over the 2013-2014 implementation period.

Delegates from the Ministry of Science and Technology, The Renewable Energy and New Materials Institute (RENMI), The Asian Development Bank (ADB), The Lao Women’s Union, representatives from the Department of Science and Technology as well as other members from civil society groups and cook stove producers from four target provinces attended.

The ARMI Champassak Team Leader Mr. Sithisak Didouangphet as well as other project partners presented the achievements of the ICS programme. As of July 2014, there are 21 stove producers and 202 retailers working with the programme. The programme has established partnerships with the Lao Women’s Union who have implemented promotional activities in four provinces. Three stove testing laboratories are functioning in three provinces under the RENMI and the Department of Science and Technology, who endorse the production of the ICS with the issuance of the ICS blue sticker to stoves that have passed quality standards set by the programme. To date,  the programme has produced 14,546 ICS and is on track to meet the target of 100,000 stoves by the end of 2016.

The main challenges of the ICS Programme are the supply shortage to the market and low levels of awareness of the ICS and its benefits in Champassak and Vientiane provinces. Mr. Amphone Souvannalath, Director of ARMI said, “There is a need for the program to scale up promotional activities so that customers nation-wide are aware, understand and are willing to use the new improved stove, which is durable, saves fuel and contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.” Discussions held in the meeting seek to address these challenges to improve future implementation of the programme. 95 people attended, including 46 women.

On 28 Febuary,  the ICS Programme held a Multi-stakeholder Meeting at Learning House of Development in Vientiane.  The meeting was facilitated by the Association for Rural Mobilization and Improvement (ARMI).  Forty-three people attended, including 13 women.

During the meeting, Mr. Inthone Sophapmixay, ICS Programme Team Leader for Vientiane, presented the seven Expected Results of the programme as well as updates regarding progress towards each Expected Result in the Programme’s three provinces.  The ICS Programme Plan for 2014 was also presented, including production and sales targets, as well as promotion and quality control plans.  Finally,  participants were updated on the development of the new ICS (prototype 4), which will be smaller, lighter and cheaper, while maintaining  the  same performance standards.


On Wednesday 26 of February 2014, a Multi-Stakeholder Meeting was organized by Association for Rural Mobilization and Improvement (ARMI) at the Department of Planning and Investment in Savannakhet province. The president of the Savannakhet branch of the Lao Woman Union Mrs. Khampheng Vilaythong, chaired the meeting.  Other key attendees include the director of ARMI, Mr. Amphone Souvannalath, the SNV Renewable Energy Sector Leader, Mr. Bastiaan Teune; representatives from the Department of Science and Technology; stove producers and  retailers; and the ICS team in Savannakhet. There were 60 attendees, including 34 females.

The meeting updated participants about the overall progress achieved under the ICS programme in the past year, including production, sales, quality control and promotion activities.  The quality control and promotion plans for 2014 were also presented.

During the meeting, Ms. Khamleth Sengsoulichanh,  ARMI’s team leader for the ICS programme in Savannakhet,  presented the current status of ICS production in the programme’s three provinces (Savannakhet, Champasak and Vientiane), as well as the targets for the coming year.  A total of 6,760 stoves were produced in 2013 and the Production Plan for 2014 in Savannakhet aims to ensure  14,314 ICS are produced.

The meeting also facilitated discussion among the attendees to exchange knowledge, identify problems and determine solutions in order to improve the ICS programme. 

The launch of the programme was successful and during this event the participants covered the spectrum of stakeholders in the stoves’ sector.

Inception meetings with producers and retailers have been conducted, as well as first training sessions and through hands on support. The bigger tasks will be conducted in the coming period, which is to set up a producers association and providing a platform of dialogue that will increase the enabling environment for ICS roll out.

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