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Sustainability 2015, 7(8), 9989-9999; doi:10.3390/su7089989

Modeling Fuel Choice among Households in Northern Cameroon

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Faculty of Economics and Management (FSEG), The University of Yaoundé II, Yaoundé 1365, Cameroon
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International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Regional Office for East and Southeast Asia, 17A Nguyen Khang street, Trung Hoa ward, Cau Giay District, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
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Academic Editors: Wisdom Akpalu and Channing Arndt
Received: 25 March 2015 / Revised: 19 July 2015 / Accepted: 21 July 2015 / Published: 24 July 2015
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Abstract

The present study aims to explore economic and socio-demographic factors that influence a household’s probability to switch from firewood to cleaner fuels (kerosene and LPG) in northern Cameroon. The paper employs an ordered probit model to construct cooking patterns and fuel choices. Three main cooking sources are considered: firewood, kerosene, and liquefied petroleum gas. Utilized data are derived from a national survey conducted in 2004 by the Cameroonian National Institute of Statistics. The study analyzes the data related to the Sudano-Sahelian agro-ecological zone, which is one of the most affected by land degradation and decertification. While results indicate that there is a potential for a transition from traditional to cleaner fuels in the studied region, this transition is still in its earlier stage. The research demonstrates that firewood and kerosene prices, age of household heads, educational level of household heads and willingness to have a gas cylinder, as well as type of dwelling have a statistically significant impact on fuel-switching decisions. View Full-Text
Keywords: Cameroon; firewood; clean fuels; ordered probit model Cameroon; firewood; clean fuels; ordered probit model
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Nlom, J.H.; Karimov, A.A. Modeling Fuel Choice among Households in Northern Cameroon. Sustainability 2015, 7, 9989-9999.

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