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UK Research and Innovations (2021)

From Fuel to Pot : an interdisciplinary partnership to address the role of solid fuel use in food preparation in the household in Kenya and Malawi

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Titre : From Fuel to Pot : an interdisciplinary partnership to address the role of solid fuel use in food preparation in the household in Kenya and Malawi

Pays/Région : Kenya and Malawi

Durée : févr. 21 - avr. 23

Référence projet : AH/V000152/1
Catégorie : Research Grant

Résumé partiel
In this project, we want to understand why people in slums and settlements in Kenya and Malawi cook using solid fuel like wood, charcoal, coal and animal dung, given that it is bad for their health, so that we can develop interventions to improve the situation. This is a key aspect of the food system because more than 3 billion people in the world cook with solid fuels, since they are often the only fuel available or the only one they can afford. The people most affected are poor people in those slums and settlements who cannot afford to connect to the grid for their cooking needs, and live in crowded spaces with limited ventilation for cooking. 3.8 million deaths every year in the world happen due to household air pollution (HAP) and it is also responsible for 50% of pneumonia deaths in children under 5. This is because children often stay close to their mothers when they cook. Getting fuel - e.g., picking large bundles of wood- also risk damaging their growing bodies and takes young people away from schooling and socialising. Women and girls are particularly affected as they are the people in the household who usually collect fuel ( e.g. wood) for cooking and also those who cook in most low income countries. Most studies to date have introduced improved cookstoves ( stoves that require less wood or charcoal) to reduce solid fuel use, but often interventions fail because they do not take into account the fact that cooking on solid fuel is a complex issue related to the accepted behaviours and beliefs within the local community, culture and community histories. This project will fill this gap through building an interdisciplinary Partnership across the UK, Kenya and Malawi. With this Partnership of community members, government representatives, NGOs, traditional leaders, we will identify which aspects of cooking on solid fuels are most important to local communities and where some changes can be made to improve people’s well being and health

Lead Research Organisation : https://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=A...

Financement : Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Budget  : £181 608

UK Research and Innovations

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