Author(s): Tegen Dagnew Tessema, Bassazin Ayalew Mekonnen
Although decades of dedicated effort have been made on dissemination of improved cook stoves by governmental and non-governmental organizations in low-income countries, it remains tough to achieve the adoption of improved cook stoves for wider utilization. Predominantly, traditional open fire cooking system has been the major cooking system for foremost segments of Ethiopian population for centuries. Currently, different stockholders have shown exertions to address this traditional cooking system through distribution of fuel saving cook stoves at national and regional levels. The aim of this study is to examine the improved cook stoves adoption status, its coverage and factors affecting adoption in Amhara regional state in the case of Merhawi, Kolela district. A structured cross-sectional survey assessment in 123 household through in depth interview was conducted in the district. A predictor socio –economic variables such as age, family size, income level, role of stake holder involvement, education level, farm land size and decision making at house hold level for the user’s choice, clean cooking preference and adoption status were deployed for investigation. Statistical analysis of linear regression and cross tabulation frequency factors were also employed to identify factors associated with the status of adoption using IBM SPSS, 20. The linear regression analysis result shown that age, family size, income level, role of stake holder involvement in the locality have a strong positive relationship with ICs stove adoption at p value<0.05. On the contrary, education level, farm land size and decision making at house hold level have no strong interaction with adoption.