Improved cookstoves in Africa: Explaining adoption patterns

Kapfudzaruwa, Farai, Fay, John and Hart, Tiago, (2017). Improved cookstoves in Africa: Explaining adoption patterns. Development Southern Africa, 1-16

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    Author Kapfudzaruwa, Farai
    Fay, John
    Hart, Tiago
    Title Improved cookstoves in Africa: Explaining adoption patterns
    Appearing in Development Southern Africa
    Publication Date 2017-06-26
    Place of Publication Online
    Publisher Taylor & Francis
    Start page 1
    End page 16
    Language eng
    Abstract This article uses the case of 18 projects in 14 African countries to explore the adoption patterns of improved cookstoves and the factors that influence these patterns. Our results show that there is variation in the rate of adoption between countries and amongst rural and urban households. The combined effect of moderately good gross domestic product per capita, history of improved cookstove project implementation and adequate institutional support suggests that consumers in South Africa, Senegal and Lesotho tend to be more aware of the benefits of improved cookstoves and better able to afford them than consumers in countries such as Mali, Malawi and Mozambique. Within the countries, rural households seem to be less aware and capable of affording the stoves compared to urban consumers. These differences are a result of varying levels of income and literacy. The low literacy levels mean rural and mostly elderly individuals are less knowledgeable and appreciative of the benefits offered by improved cookstoves.
    Keyword Africa
    Improved cookstoves
    Adoption patterns
    Copyright Holder Taylor & Francis Group
    Copyright Year 2017
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    DOI 10.1080/0376835X.2017.1335592
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