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Despite high education levels, Kerala homes still use old-age cooking fuels

Promoters of safer cookstoves have struggled to find the perfect balance of efficiency, price, and a user-friendly design that would drive widespread adoption

Indian traditional stove

Indian traditional stove

Sarah Armitage, Anca Balietti, Giorgia Barboni, & Sonya Suter | IndiaSpend
A majority of surveyed households in Kerala still use multiple types of cookstoves, a phenomenon known as “stacking”, thus undermining attempts to introduce cleaner stoves and reduce indoor air pollution, a study conducted in 2016 has found.
We, researchers at Evidence for Policy Design at the Harvard Kennedy School and Princeton University, led the survey in Kerala, a state with relatively high levels of clean fuel use. About one in two rural households (51%) in Kerala use clean cooking fuels, compared to a national average of under one in four (24%), data from the

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First Published: Apr 13 2018 | 9:19 AM IST

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