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Journal of Scientific Research and Reports, ISSN: 2320-0227,Vol.: 19, Issue.: 2


Challenges of Adopting Energy Efficient Stoves in the Sudano Sahelian Region of Cameroon


Viyoi Catherine Tidze1* and Issac Roger Tchouamo2

1Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Faculty of Letters and Social Sciences, University of Maroua, Cameroon.

2Department of Rural Sociology and Extension, Faculty of Agronomy and Agricultural Science, University of Dschang, Cameroon.

Article Information
(1) Mahmoud Nasr, Sanitary Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University, Egypt.
(1) Inayatullah Jan, The University of Agriculture Peshawar, Pakistan.
(2) S. S. Chandel, National Institute of Technology, India.
(3) Monikankana Sharma, Indian Institute of Science, India.
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The study aimed at investigating the cultural and socio-demographic factors that affect household's probability to adopt energy efficient stoves (EES) in the Sudano-Sahelian region of Cameroon. It examined among other aspects, cooking patterns, stoves and fuel types. Major stove types used are the traditional three stone fire-place, improved mud stove, gas cookers and the metallic stoves. Through questionnaires, interviews with experts and a participant observation, the derived data was analysed using SPSS and in-depth analysis. This study Analyses the data related to the Sudano-Sahelian “agro-ecological” zone, which is one of the most affected by land degradation and desertification. While results show that there is potential for households in this region to adopt energy efficient stoves, the adoption rate is still low. Household size, cooking patterns, age and “physico-technical” characteristics of EES do not positively influence the adoption of EES. The results also indicate that there is a high degree of awareness on environmental changes, and the need to protect the environment. Thus, the study recommends the introduction to culturally acceptable stoves. These culturally friendly stoves will have a greater likelihood of being accepted and used by households, in the long run, thus improving the level of deforestation, soil fertility and mitigate climate change tendency.

Keywords :

Social; cultural factors; “physico-technical” characteristics energy efficient stoves; environmental degradation.

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DOI : 10.9734/JSRR/2018/40242

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