Monitoring and evaluation of adoption and use of LPG for cooking in rural Gujarat
Principal Investigator(s): Dr. Hisham Zerriffi, Liu Institute for Global Issues, UBC
Partner(s): Mr. Anurag Bathnagar, Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), Gujarat, India; Dr. Elisa Puzzolo, Global LPG Partnership, New York
Millions of households in India rely on burning biomass to meet their basic cooking needs. This is hazardous to health as well as having other socio-economic and environmental costs. This project would establish a novel approach to disseminating cleaner cooking technologies and fuels. The Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) is an organization representing two million self-employed women in India. It is working with the Global Liquid Petroleum Gas Partnership (GLPGP) to both set up a women-led distribution system for clean fuels at the same time as working with their members to educate them about the benefits of clean cooking. UBC researchers will provide independent monitoring and verification of a pilot project (1,500 households) as a stepping-stone to a larger project that could potentially reach a few hundred thousand households.
Op ed in the New Indian Express by Abhishek Kar and Hisham Zerriffi: What is worse than breathing Delhi air? Rural India chokes on solid fuel fumes every day