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2015-12-01 | project

Charcoal Consumption and Willingness to Adopt LPG stoves: Evidence from a Baseline Survey in Urban Tanzania

Use of biomass fuels such as charcoal has been documented to be a prime cause of deforestation and environmental degradation in developing countries. Yet there are low rates of adoption to more environmental friendly cookstoves.

Previous adoption literature has primarily focused on improved biomass fuels (eg. wood and charcoal stoves) which do not involve a total fuel switch and the stoves are usually provided for free. While these studies provide very useful findings on the determinant of low adoption rates, they may not necessarily be extended to a setting where households face an adoption choice that involves a total fuel switch and when they have to pay for the stove. This study aims at contributing to this literature by providing the first evidence on the determinants for willingness to adopt an LPG cookstove that involves not only a total fuel switch but also acquisition cost (at a subsidy or through credit).