Women-centered ICS

Evolving a Women-centered Model of Extension of Improved Cook Stoves for Sustained Adoption at Scale

Over 145 million Indian households use traditional cook stoves for daily cooking and depend on biomass (wood, dung, forest products) as fuel. This has significant implications especially on women's health due to household air pollution (HAP). A complex combination of factors like cooking traditions, intra-household distribution of incomes and gender dynamics, culture, religion, and affordability affect sustained adoption and use of Improved Cook Stoves (ICS) in the country. Low demand discourages suppliers from investing in ICS, and suitable financing options for consumers and entrepreneurs are unavailable. These limit the transition of poor households to clean cooking energy options. There is a need to develop a women-centered model of ICS extension that enables sustainable adoption backed by a strong and inclusive value chain.

The project seeks to promote sustainable adoption of ICS as a clean cooking energy solution among forest-dependent households (FDH), resulting in 10,000 women from FDHs using ICS. The project also develops a sustainable ICS adoption model for replication among 800 million rural households in India, who use traditional and polluting cook stoves.

Duration: 1/2016 - 12/2019

Total budget: EUR 2,000,000 (EU Contribution: 80%)


Sushmita Mukherjee
CARE India Solutions for Sustainable Development (CARE India)
E-46/12 Okhla Industrial Area Phase II
New Delhi 110 020

Tel: +91-11-49101100


CARE India Solutions for Sustainable Development (CARE India) CARE India Solutions for Sustainable Development (CARE India)
CARE India has a lead role in project planning, overall management, monitoring, reporting and capacity building.
CARE France CARE France
CARE France contributes in systematic tracking of project progress. It mobilises ICS suppliers in Europe, conducts research study on carbon credit and facilitates international workshop.
Project's Fact Sheet

Download · Filetype: pdf / Filesize: 328.81 KB