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Sustainability 2014, 6(3), 1427-1447; doi:10.3390/su6031427

Socio-Economic Survey as a Support Tool during the Scaling Up of Improved Stoves in the Logone Valley (Chad/Cameroon)

CeTAmb LAB, Research Laboratory on Appropriate Technologies for Environmental Management in Resource-Limited Countries, University of Brescia, via Branze 43, Brescia 25123, Italy
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Received: 2 October 2013 / Revised: 6 March 2014 / Accepted: 12 March 2014 / Published: 19 March 2014
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Abstract

Field assessment plays a key role in the evaluation of the energy access modalities and of the socio-economic features that may influence the beneficiaries’ choices and preferences in the adoption and use of an energy technology. This work presents the findings of a survey conducted during the implementation of a cooperation project in the Logone Valley (Chad/Cameroon). After an initial period of promotion of an improved cookstove (ICS), a survey was conducted that was aimed at identifying different beneficiary groups, matching their preferences and cooking habits to the technology proposed, in order to best tailor the scaling-up strategy. In-depth analysis of the data gathered identified two household-user behaviors and the relative influencing features: in the urban area, the increased adoption rates confirmed the appropriateness of the technology proposed and its sustainability, whereas in the rural area, ICS use was not perceived by the final users as advantageous and lower adoption rates were observed. Thus, due to the outcome of the survey, the project action was re-oriented in order to achieve a higher impact on the territory and on the population. View Full-Text
Keywords: Chad; cooking habits; energy access; improved cookstoves; in itinere assessment; on-field survey; wood consumption Chad; cooking habits; energy access; improved cookstoves; in itinere assessment; on-field survey; wood consumption
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Vitali, F.; Vaccari, M. Socio-Economic Survey as a Support Tool during the Scaling Up of Improved Stoves in the Logone Valley (Chad/Cameroon). Sustainability 2014, 6, 1427-1447.

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