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A field assessment of adoption of improved cookstove practices in Yogyakarta, Indonesia: Focus on structural drivers

October 01, 2012 —

In Indonesia, toxins from biomass fuels burned in traditional cookstoves contribute to an estimated 45,000 annual deaths of women and children from respiratory and other illnesses. To mitigate these effects, engineers have designed cookstoves that burn biomass fuel more efficiently or that use cleaner, affordable fuels. However, consumers have been slow to adopt these improved cookstoves for sustained use.

cookstoveIn 2012, FHI 360 and Yayasan Dian Desa, an Indonesian organization, conducted a field assessment in two villages where improved cookstove technology had been introduced, but where adoption of the technology differed. The assessment (PDF, 1.1 MB) identifies both the social drivers that facilitated adoption of improved cookstoves and factors that inhibited their use. The report also makes recommendations for effective interventions to promote adoption of cleaner cookstoves — improving the health and well-being of the families who rely on them.

Support for this assessment was provided by an FHI 360 Catalyst Grant.

PHOTO: A new chimney and window in a home kitchen in Indonesia increase ventilation and remove toxin-filled smoke. Photo credit Cindy Geary.