Article : Household Energy Preferences For Cooking In Ghana

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Household Energy Preferences For Cooking In Ghana

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Anthony Abbam

The study examined household’s preferences for cooking energy in Ghana. Unreliable access to modern, convenient and efficient energy sources has over the years assumed a major policy issue around the globe since it has serious health and environmental implications. With households as the unit of analysis, energy preference for cooking is modeled empirically using the multinomial logit model framework. The Ghana Living Standards Survey Round Six (GLSS 6) data was used for the analysis. The study revealed that demographic and socio-economic characteristics influence household preference for cooking fuel. It emerged from the study that size of household, area of residence, possession of assets and literacy level of household heads have positive significant effect on household’s choice of cooking fuel. There is therefore, the need to adopt and develop policy relating to sensitizing the general public especially those in sub-urban areas on the need and benefits to utilize safer and cleaner fuels for cooking. Schemes involving subsidies on LPG should take into consideration diverse income groupings to plan for equipment needed to help use cleaner fuels. Besides, erratic shortages of LPG on the market due to supply side constraints should be addressed permanently.  

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