Improved Household Stoves and Poverty Reduction

a livelihood analysis

Production of clay liners for a Lakech improved charcoal stove
Since the 1980s, numerous programmes have been launched to improve wood and charcoal household stove efficiencies in the developing world. In many cases, and in certain countries, these projects have failed to establish sustainable improved stove production.

In 1999, DFID's Knowledge and Research programme funded a team of experts to investigate the poverty reduction aspects of improved household wood and charcoal stoves, with the ultimate aim of identifying the key success factors for sustainable improved stove production and supply.

Focusing on the poverty reduction impacts on producers, consumers and others in the improved stove business in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda, the project's conclusions reveal some useful lessons and recommendations for governments, policy makers, NGOs, stove producers and consumers alike.

This website has been designed to make the key findings of the project available to as many national and international stakeholders as possible.

The project was funded by DFID's KaR (Knowledge and Research) Programme, and was carried out by ESD (UK), EAA (Kenya), MGP (Ethiopia), RTE (Kenya) and REDC (Uganda).

For more information on the team that carried out the work, click here.

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