Behavior change required to build clean kitchen

Published On: February 6, 2019 02:12 PM NPT

LALITPUR, Feb 6: Sixty-one percent of the population depends on firewood for cooking and over 22,000 people annually succumb to various sorts of diseases caused by kitchen smoke. 

The use of firewood as cooking fuel causes indoor air pollution and the deforestation brings several human health hazards and environmental degradation. 

Information about this was shared at a workshop organized by the Clean Cooking Alliance (CCA) here today. The participants of the programme underlined the need of change in mentality and behavior to build a clean and health-friendly kitchen. 

The use of efficient and modern stoves would not only contribute to human’s good health and clean atmosphere, but it also saves the fuel cost. “But the general public understanding is different and the people/ consumers should be made aware of the multiple benefits about the use of an electric stove,” they viewed. 

Alternative Energy Promotion Center’s acting executive director Nawaraj Dhakal shared about the government’s target of having complete clean kitchens by 2030 AD by promoting the use of electric stoves for cooking with the increase in power production at home. The government through the issue of a white paper; has given a priority to the electric stoves at every home campaign. 

International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) general director Dr. David Molden shared that air pollution has further fueled the issue of climate change and countries in the mountain region had been more affected by its consequences. He was of the view of finding a solution to the air pollution inside home for the causes of environment and human health as well. 

Clean Cooking Alliance chief executive officer Dymphna Van Der Lans said clean kitchen campaign had been launched in 10 countries in the world and among them, behavior change for clean kitchen programme conducted in Nepal, India and Bangladesh had been highly effective. 

On the occasion, presentations were made about the same programme. The programme has been in force at Panchkhal and Mandan Deupur municipalities of Kavrepalanchowk. RSS

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