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Experiences with improved cookstoves in Southern Africa

Pailman, Whitney; De Groot, Jiska; Clifford, Mike; Jewitt, Sarah; Ray, Charlotte

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Whitney Pailman

Jiska De Groot

Professor of Human Geography and Development

Charlotte Ray


This study explores user experiences with improved cookstoves, drawing on findings from household surveys conducted in South Africa, Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia. Investigations were conducted on fuel and stove preferences; experiences with improved biomass cookstoves; the rationale for fuel and stovestacking subsequent to the initial uptake of improved biomass cookstoves; and aspirations for energy and fuel use among improved biomass cookstove users. Significant differences were identified in the perceived benefits of improved biomass cookstoves in the four countries and their priorities, with the most important benefits being fuel and cost savings. These would affect the reference frames within which end-users adopt improved biomass cookstoves. Local circumstances and diverse sets of priorities that affect household decisions need to be considered when promoting or rolling out improved cookstove initiatives.


Pailman, W., De Groot, J., Clifford, M., Jewitt, S., & Ray, C. (2018). Experiences with improved cookstoves in Southern Africa. Journal of Energy in Southern Africa, 29(4), 13-26.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 16, 2018
Online Publication Date Dec 3, 2018
Publication Date 2018
Deposit Date Jan 9, 2019
Publicly Available Date Jan 9, 2019
Journal Journal of Energy in Southern Africa
Print ISSN 1021-447X
Electronic ISSN 2413-3051
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 29
Issue 4
Pages 13-26
Keywords household energy; cooking fuels; cook- ing technologies; cooking with biomass; energy lad- der; technology uptake; sustained use
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