Feasibility of Scaling"Clean Stacking" Options in Southern Africa
This proposal builds on federally funded research examining the feasibility of alternatives to charcoal in Zambia. The research, supported by the US government's PEER (NAS) and PIRE (NSF) programs, is primarily motivated by concerns about energy poverty and forest degradation resulting from unsustainable woodfuel demand. The research involves quantitative impact evaluations of two private sector led clean cooking dissemination activities intended to dramatically reduce charcoal demand in Lusaka. Vitalite, is promoting "EcoZoom" charcoal stoves. The second, Emerging Cooking Solutions (ECS), is promoting pellet-fueled Mimi Moto stoves. The evaluation will track two groups from each stove promoter, current users (N=300) and potential users (N=600). Because of its verified status as a clean cooking option (discussed in detail below), our ISN activities will focus on ECS's Mimi Moto promotion.
National Institutes of Health
Funding Period: 7/1/2019 to 6/30/2020