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Nutritious food without fire: environmental and nutritional impacts from a solar stove field experiment


  • Carmona, Natalia Estrada
  • Michler, Jeffrey D.


Much of the population in rural sub-Saharan African relies of firewood or charcoal to prepare food. Population pressure is speeding the rate of deforestation, raising the monetary and opportunity costs of cooking meals. We use a field experiment in Zambia to investigate the impact of solar cook on the money households spend on charcoal and the time allocated to collecting firewood. Additionally, we examine changes in diet that result from the reduction in the cost of meal preparation. Preliminary results indicate that the provisioning of solar cookers is cost effective (household savings on charcoal over a 12 month period exceed the cost of the stove) and increases dietary diversity by reducing the cost of preparing grain legumes.

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  • Carmona, Natalia Estrada & Michler, Jeffrey D., 2016. "Nutritious food without fire: environmental and nutritional impacts from a solar stove field experiment," 2016 Fifth International Conference, September 23-26, 2016, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 249342, African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aaae16:249342
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.249342

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    Environmental Economics and Policy; Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety;

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