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Why firewood? Exploring the co-benefits, socio-ecological interactions and indigenous knowledge surrounding cooking practice in rural Nepal

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posted on 12.03.2021, 14:48 authored by Bishal Bharadwaj, David Pullar, Long Seng ToLong Seng To, Jon Leary
This paper applies a social context lens to explore the reasons why households in rural areas of developing countries such as Nepal choose to continue with their Traditional Cooking Practice (TCP). Modern Cooking Solutions (MCS) have many benefits over TCP, but each comes with a set of trade-offs. These co-benefits of TCP are poorly understood – this paper argues that the intricacies of current cooking practices must be explored before attempting to push people towards a new solution. We highlight the differences between household expectations and what MCS deliver to look for opportunities to enhance the provision of modern energy for cooking that is more likely to enable broader and more sustainable adoption in rural areas of Nepal. Our findings suggest three complementary strategies: localise MCS by modifying the design to suit cultural and practical needs; improve TCP to reduce its negative effects, as fuel stacking is inevitable; and deliver MCS as part of a holistic array of development interventions designed around the co-benefits of firewood.

History

School

  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • Geography and Environment

Published in

Energy Research and Social Science

Volume

75

Publisher

Elsevier

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Elsevier

Publisher statement

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Energy Research and Social Science and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2021.101932

Acceptance date

07/01/2021

Publication date

2021-03-10

Copyright date

2021

ISSN

2214-6296

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Long Seng To. Deposit date: 10 March 2021

Article number

101932