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Determinants of Adoption of Improved Cookstoves in the Dundori Forest Adjacent Community, Kenya

Improved cookstove programs worldwide are characterized by low success due to low adoption rates. However, there is a lack of detailed analysis of factors affecting the adoption of improved cookstoves in specific socioecological contexts, including in forest-adjacent communities. Therefore, this study aimed to analyze the factors affecting the adoption of improved cookstoves in the Dundori Forest-adjacent community. This study used a descriptive study design and a multistage sampling design. Data analysis was performed using thematic analysis, descriptive statistics, Kendall’s coefficient, Mann-Kendall Z-Test, and regression analysis. We found that most households (99.2%) use firewood and charcoal for cooking. In addition, only 25.5% of the households use improved cookstoves, and they are used once per week on average which indicates low adoption. There was a significant negative trend in the availability of firewood (τb = 0.878**, P<0.01) and charcoal (τb = 0.927**, P <0.01). The use of improved cookstoves had a significant negative relationship with the use of firewood (β = - 0.687, P<0.05) and charcoal (β = - 0.153, P<0.05). The adoption of improved cookstoves was affected by various factors including gender (β1 = - 0.618 ± 1.049, P < 0.05), level of formal education (β1 = 0.347 ± 1.049, P < 0.05), and training on efficient and clean energy (β1 = 1.990 ± 1.049, P < 0.05). The study will inform policies, plans, and programs that effectively promote the adoption of improved cookstoves and enhance their benefits.

Adoption, Biomass Fuel, Energy, Firewood, Forest Adjacent Community, Improved Cookstove

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Kaua, C. G., Gitonga, T. M. (2024). Determinants of Adoption of Improved Cookstoves in the Dundori Forest Adjacent Community, Kenya. Journal of Energy and Natural Resources, 13(1), 1-10.

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Kaua, C. G.; Gitonga, T. M. Determinants of Adoption of Improved Cookstoves in the Dundori Forest Adjacent Community, Kenya. J. Energy Nat. Resour. 2024, 13(1), 1-10. doi: 10.11648/j.jenr.20241301.11

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Kaua CG, Gitonga TM. Determinants of Adoption of Improved Cookstoves in the Dundori Forest Adjacent Community, Kenya. J Energy Nat Resour. 2024;13(1):1-10. doi: 10.11648/j.jenr.20241301.11

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