[Stoves] India LPG stoves approach Fwd: [stove] Giving it up

Qayum Ali Shah qasglt at yahoo.co.uk
Fri Oct 2 23:18:26 MDT 2015


I agree with Nguyen. LPG means cash and the poor has no cash to buy it . While the biomass by one way or the other comes for free to the poor either from his/her own farms or where they work for other rich farmers. LPG can be recommended on a later stage once the existing cook stove has been improved and the poor has experienced its benefits in terms of saved time for women, cash for those who may buy the fuel wood and improved indoor air ... Then on a later stage one can introduce LPG... Other than affordability, availability is yet another issue and then price control would be third one. You need training on the use of LPG stoves first as if women do not know it completely then they may kill themselves besides burning the houses... You need special training to change the gas bottle once this is empty... Also the regulator is yet another lacuna , if not fixed properly then gas will be gone and then the family may starve ???

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> On 03-Oct-2015, at 5:09 AM, Anh Nguyen <ntanh72 at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> Dear All,
> 
> I dont think that would solve anything. There are 2 problems with the poor, access to service and afford service. I dont think a poor family having lpg stoves would meant that they will switch to use lpg for cooking unless lpg is the cheapest or at least highly affordable compare to the income.
> 
> Vietnam has very good lpg stoves coverage, ~95% rural family that we talked to has lpg stove using 12kg plg tank. But most of them use that 12kg for 3-6 months, some cases up to 12-18 months while city folks use same tank for 20-30days.
> 
> That a good thing that the Indian PM do but that is not enough to solve the root of the problem, not yet.
> 
> Anh
> 
>> On Oct 2, 2015 19:21, "Paul Anderson" <psanders at ilstu.edu> wrote:
>> Stovers,
>> 
>> This came today from Kirk Smith's [stove] listserv, and is of interest to all Stovers.
>> 
>> Is this a Market Systems Approach?   What can be done on a similar note for biomass stoves?
>> 
>> Paul
>> 
>> Doc  /  Dr TLUD  /  Prof. Paul S. Anderson, PhD  
>> Email:  psanders at ilstu.edu   
>> Skype: paultlud      Phone: +1-309-452-7072
>> Website:  www.drtlud.com
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>> 
>> -------- Forwarded Message --------       
>> Subject:	[stove] Giving it up
>> Date:	Fri, 02 Oct 2015 02:02:47 -0700
>> From:	Kirk R. Smith <krksmith at berkeley.edu>
>> Reply-To:	krksmith at berkeley.edu
>> To:	Kirk R. Smith <Krksmith at berkeley.edu>
>> 
>> 
>> Today is Gandhi's Birthday, a national holiday in India.  See below how the Prime Minister is spending his day appropriately -- officially giving 5000 below-poverty-line families new LPG connections in Jharkhand, one of the poorest states of India (and gaining political credit by doing so).  The subsidies going with these connections were given up by middle-class households and transferred to the BPL families as part of the ambitions "GIve it Up" campaign underway since April  So far, well more than 3 million households have given up their subsidies, amounting to something like a 200 million USD shift of resources from the rich* to the poor.   The BPL families are given a stove and their first cylinder from Social Responsibility funds by the major oil companies in the country.  The expectation is that 10 million households worth of subsidy will shift before long -- rising at 30,000 a day I was told yesterday.
>> 
>> This is a sea change in the landscape of clean fuel access and a great opportunity for creative research designs to evaluate the health and other benefits and to follow stacking and other behavior changes.
>> 
>> More soon, but happy Gandhiji's birthday/k
>> 
>> * Actually, I was told that very few of the truly rich have given up their subsidies -- it is mostly the middle class.  Sounds familiar -- it is the rich who have the highest expectations of public subsidy in my country too.
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