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Cookstoves and Obstacles to Technology Adoption by the Poor
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Program on Energy and Sustainable Development, Working Paper #89

Oct 2009

Programs to distribute improved biomass stoves have traditionally been unsuccessful, despite enormous potential health and climate benefits. This research note helps explain the reasons for this by considering three main prerequisites for technology adoption by the poor. The first success factor is motivation on the part of customers to adopt the new product. When motivation does not exist initially, it must be created through education, social marketing, or improved design.

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