In South Asia, women play a significant and dominant role within the
household cooking sector. Generally women do most of the cooking and,
therefore, are disproportionately affected by household air pollution
(HAP) caused by the inefficient burning of solid biomass cooking fuels.
They are also required to spend a significant amount of time and effort
collecting the traditionally used biomass fuels, a physically draining
task that can take up to 20 or more hours per week.
This study analyzes the gender impacts of clean cooking solutions on
households that have adopted them, as well as women’s current and
potential involvement in ICS market systems in each of the three South
Asian countries. This study focuses primarily on improved biomass
cookstoves, but also analyzes the use of other cooking solutions,
including kerosene and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). Efforts have been
made to generate recommendations on women’s involvement in ICS value
chains that can effectively reach \"last mile\" households in South
Bloomfield, E.; Malla, M.B. Gender and Livelihoods Impacts of Clean Cookstoves in South Asia Study. Practical Action, Rugby, UK (2015) 102 pp.
Gender and Livelihoods Impacts of Clean Cookstoves in South Asia Study