Evaluation of Moringa Bio-Gel as Alternative Cooking Energy Source among Women in Oyo State, Nigeria
The study examined willingness to pay and constraints in the use of moringa bio-gel as alternative cooking energy source among women in Oyo State. A purposive random sampling technique was used to select 208 women from a total of 980 women that were trained on the use of moringa bio-gel. Both descriptive (percentages and mean) and inferential statistics (regression analysis were used to analyse the data from the study. The average age of women was 36.7 and majority (91.8%) had one form of education or another. 95.2% are either employed in government job or were entrepreneurs. About half (55.8%) of the women live in urban areas and had a mean of 5 persons as household size. The major fuel used by 69.7% of the women was liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and the average amount spent on cooking fuel/month was N3, 500, 65.9% of the women interviewed were willing to pay for moringa bio-gel as an alternative cooking energy source. Constraints associated with the use of the gel according to the women were that it is not affordable and it is not accessible as this ranked 1st and 2nd respectively. There was a significant relationship between education (B =0.194, P =0.003) and settlement pattern (B = 0.210, P=0.043) and women’s willingness to pay for moringa bio-gel. The project therefore recommends that strategies to increase the adoption of moringa bio-gel as an alternative cooking fuel be put in place by the government.
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