As is the case in Africa (see Boiling Point No. 29), most Asian countries are still heavily dependent on biomass fuels for meeting basic needs such as cooking, space heating, and energy for small industries.

Improved cooking stove (ICS) programmes are found throughout the continent. The national-level programmes in India and China enjoy high levels of government involvement and investment, and millions of improved stoves have been disseminated. Elsewhere, programmes are found primarily in the domain of non-government organizations, although, as in the Philippines, there is growing government support. There is also significant regional backing for ICS programmes, both through ARECOP, based in Indonesia, and through the Regional Wood Energy Development Programme (RWEDP) at the FAO in Bangkok.

Parts of Asia are experiencing the highest rates of economic development in the world, fueled by increased consumption of conventional sources of energy. There are some urban communities, such as Vientiane, which are changing rapidly to electricity or other high-grade fuels. Despite this, biomass will continue to be the main source of fuel for poor people in rural areas. As a result, ICS programmes remain of paramount importance in the energy policies of Asian nations. We hope that this issue of Boiling Point will serve to facilitate and augment the sharing of experiences among agencies involved in ICS programmes throughout Asia.

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Table of Contents


Household Energy Developments in Asia

Authors: BP Editorial Team

Theme Articles

Kerala's 'Parishad' chulha programme

Authors: P. V. Unnikrishnan, S. Sajith P. V. Unnikrishnan, S. Sajith

Cookstove programme in Indonesia

Authors: Nenny Sri Utami

Next steps for Sri Lanka stove programmes

Authors: Jo Monk, Sunil Margret

The Anagi - successful Sri Lankan stove

Authors: Peter Watts

Nepal's Community Forestry Development Programme

Authors: Tim Jones, Mark Waltham

Stove work in Nepal

Authors: Kayeswar Man Sulpya

Magan Chulha - Kallupatti - Sukad: Four decades of stove development in Tamil Nadu

Authors: K Muniandi

Asian stove programmes as seen by ARECOP

Authors: Jennifer McAvoy

Better biomass residue fuel cakes

Authors: N. Kamalamma, M. Saitharani

What makes people cook with improved stoves?

Authors: K. Openshaw

Asian Regional Wood Energy Development Programme - An uncertain future?

Authors: Clare Heyting

The Vientiane energy switch

Authors: Carolyn S. Tager

The Philippines Improved Stove Programme, 1995-2000

Authors: Non-Conventional Energy Division of the Department of Energy, Government the Philippines

Ethanol stoves for Mauritius

Authors: J. Baguant, R. Panray Beeharry, B. Gobin

Photovoltaics for Senegal

Authors: Adam Harvey

Energy and Environment: The Twin-House Tests

Authors: Maria Nystrom

The better bonfire

Authors: Moses Agumba

Will people change their diets to save fuel?

Authors: Ian Grant

General Articles

Zimbabwe's 'Sloven' woodstove

Authors: Makhosi Khumalo

A steel and concrete stove for Nicaragua

Authors: Allen Dong, Larry Fisher, Mark Kamiya, Annie Souter

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