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Title: How do people in rural india perceive improved stoves and clean fuel? evidence from Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand
Authors: Bhojvaid, V
Jeuland, M 
Kar, A
Lewis, J.J
Pattanayak, S.K
Ramanathan, N
Ramanathan, V
Rehman, I.H
Keywords: attitude to health
cooking
decision making
devices
economics
energy resource
female
human
India
information processing
male
public opinion
socioeconomics
standards
Cooking
Decision Making
Energy-Generating Resources
Female
Focus Groups
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Humans
India
Male
Public Opinion
Socioeconomic Factors
Issue Date: 2014
Citation: Bhojvaid, V, Jeuland, M, Kar, A, Lewis, J.J, Pattanayak, S.K, Ramanathan, N, Ramanathan, V, Rehman, I.H (2014). How do people in rural india perceive improved stoves and clean fuel? evidence from Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 11 (2) : 1341-1358. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph110201341
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
Abstract: Improved cook stoves (ICS) have been widely touted for their potential to deliver the triple benefits of improved household health and time savings, reduced deforestation and local environmental degradation, and reduced emissions of black carbon, a significant short-term contributor to global climate change. Yet diffusion of ICS technologies among potential users in many low-income settings, including India, remains slow, despite decades of promotion. This paper explores the variation in perceptions of and preferences for ICS in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, as revealed through a series of semi-structured focus groups and interviews from 11 rural villages or hamlets. We find cautious interest in new ICS technologies, and observe that preferences for ICS are positively related to perceptions of health and time savings. Other respondent and community characteristics, e.g., gender, education, prior experience with clean stoves and institutions promoting similar technologies, and social norms as perceived through the actions of neighbours, also appear important. Though they cannot be considered representative, our results suggest that efforts to increase adoption and use of ICS in rural India will likely require a combination of supply-chain improvements and carefully designed social marketing and promotion campaigns, and possibly incentives, to reduce the up-front cost of stoves. © 2014 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.
Source Title: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/183681
ISSN: 16617827
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph110201341
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
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