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Sustainable Cooking: Beyond the Cooking Problem with the Lens of Human-Centred Design

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Many remote communities still rely on wood, charcoal, or biomass for cooking. This is unthinkable in the developed world considering how these traditional forms of cooking are exacerbating gender inequality, education gap, and even causing premature deaths through the indoor air pollution. These severe negative impacts resulting from open-fire cooking constitute the infamous cooking problem. Yet, many people, both in the developed and developing countries, still lack awareness of the problem and its urgency. This is one of the factors why people have not transitioned to clean cookstoves, despite their availability in the developing market. This chapter elaborates on the cooking problem and its impacts on the remote communities and the society. Subsequently, some of the technologies that can and have been replacing traditional cookstoves are listed. Realising that simply having the technology is not enough, this chapter provides a detailed discussion on what could be done in order to transition the biomass cookstove users to use clean cookstove sustainably through human-centred design perspective for the case of Indonesia.




Diagnestya, T., & Yap, J. C. W. (2020). Sustainable Cooking: Beyond the Cooking Problem with the Lens of Human-Centred Design. In Green Energy and Technology (pp. 11–30). Springer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH.

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