A market assessment for modern cooking in Malawi

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Abstract

This paper presents the findings from a study which used household surveys and expert interviews to investigate cooking practices and understand the barriers and opportunities to the growth of the modern cooking sector in Malawi. The findings from expert interviews highlight barriers to electric and LPG cooking around the weakness of existing infrastructure, lack of consumer willingness and ability to pay and resistance to the adoption of modern cooking devices. The greatest opportunity for electric cooking is in urban areas and on mini-grids, while LPG is also most viable in urban areas, however knowledge and infrastructure gaps need to be narrowed to facilitate growth. An analysis of household surveys in urban, peri-urban and rural areas, using data from “indicative cooking diaries”, demonstrates the diversity of cooking practices in Malawian households by showing what, how, and with what, dishes are cooked. It is demonstrated that there is a latent demand for modern cooking in Malawi. Targeted research is needed to test modern cooking devices’ ability to cook Malawian dishes in ways which are acceptable to Malawian people, in order to effectively accelerate a transition towards modern cooking in Malawi and address the negative health and environmental impacts of biomass cooking.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Nov 2020
EventIEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference 2020 -
Duration: 30 Oct 20201 Nov 2020

Conference

ConferenceIEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference 2020
Abbreviated titleGHTC
Period30/10/201/11/20

Keywords

  • modern cooking
  • Malawi
  • market assessment
  • electric cooking devices
  • cooking fuel
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • sustainable development

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