Modern Cookstoves - Nepal
The Modern Cookstoves campaign is part of a collaborative, Alliance-supported “Maximizing the Health Benefits of Clean Cooking in Urban Nepal” initiative to promote smoke-free kitchen communities in Nepal. The campaign was developed by Junkiri Interactive, a creative and communications firm based in Kathmandu, in close partnership with the Alliance, the government's Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC), LEADERS Nepal, and the Ajummery Bikas Foundation (ABF). In support of the Government of Nepal's efforts to ensure greater community-level use of cleaner fuels in household kitchens, the Modern Cookstoves Nepal campaign aims to inform and communicate with target audiences about a range of available cleaner cooking options, including biogas, induction, rice cookers, and other electric cooking appliances and utensils. The campaign also shares messages about LPG safety.
The Modern Cookstoves Nepal campaign uses different channels to reach audiences, including community events, social media, radio, street dramas, community movie screenings, SMS, brochures, and local stories in the newspaper. The campaign primarily targets women (and men as secondary audiences) and households who live within and outside of the Panchkhal and Mandandeupur communities of Kavrepalanchok district. An overall major component of the project is to motivate households living in the demonstration area to purchase and use clean cookstoves and fuels, while strengthening availability, accessibility, and affordability of these clean cooking options. The first phase of the campaign launched at the end of August 2018 and wrapped up in December, reaching 600,000 people with clean cooking messages to date.