Improved Cookstoves for Rural India: Issues and Recommendations
After 3 decades of organized efforts, the widespread use of improved, smokeless and energy-efficient cooking stoves still remains a distant dream. One of the oldest and technologically most simple cooking methods ever developed by civilization continues with its perennially archaic status quo for billions of its users, mostly poor. Consequently, health and social impacts from cook stoves continue to adversely affect the underprivileged. Women and children are the most suffered section of the society due to their time lost in collecting the fuel as well as due to local and indoor pollution.