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Myanmar Cooking Diaries

Published Date 

30 Sept 2019


Leary, J. et al (2019)

Main authors: Jon Leary, Nigel Scott, Wint Wint Hlaing, Aung Myint, Sane Sane, Phyu Phyu Win, Thet Myat Phyu, Ei Thinzar Moe, Than Htay, Simon Batchelor, Dipti Vaghela
Associate authors: Matt Leach, Ed Brown

About the publication

This report presents the key learning points from the cooking diaries study to inform the future development of eCook (battery-supported electric cooking) within Myanmar. The aim of this study is to gain a deeper understanding of how households in Myanmar cook and how compatible this is with electricity. This mixed methods approach gathers data from various sources: cooking diary forms, energy measurements, a registration survey an exit survey.

22 households (HHs) were asked to keep detailed cooking diaries, recording exactly what they cooked, when and how for six weeks. For the first two weeks they were asked to cook as they would normally, using their usual fuels and stoves. For the remaining four weeks, they were asked to transition to cooking with electricity, using a range of electric cooking appliances, including rice cookers, Electric Pressure Cookers (EPCs), induction stoves and thermo-pots, plus any electrical appliances they already owned.

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