Socio-Economic Impacts of Improved Cooking Stoves, Burkina Faso

  • DATE / TIME:
    2013•04•18    12:30 - 13:30

    Joint UNU-MERIT/School of Governance Seminar: “Adoption of Improved Cooking Stoves and Socio-Economic Impacts. Evidence from Burkina Faso using a Quasi-Experimental Design”

    More than one-third of the world’s population relies on woodfuels for cooking, mostly in developing countries — causing financial and workload burdens on households as well as detrimental implications for people’s health and the environment. Efficiency-enhancing improved cooking stoves (ICS) have long been the evident instrument to simultaneously counter these adverse aspects that go along with traditional cooking.

    In this seminar,  Prof. Dr. Michael Grimm (University of Passau) will present a paper that evaluates the impacts of an intervention in which the implementing agency supports the dissemination of low-cost ICS in urban Burkina Faso. It investigates woodfuel consumption and time expenditure, and examines potential programme spillovers that arise as ICS imitations produced by non-supported whitesmiths entered the market.

    Results show ICS savings rates of around 25 percent for firewood stoves and 10 percent for charcoal stoves; sizable time savings could not be observed. The findings further indicate that  imitated ICS also generated statistically significant savings.

    For more information, see the Calendar of upcoming events on the UNU-MERIT website.