Three billion people across the developing world cook their food each day over an open flame or on a crude stove using solid fuels like wood, coal, crop residues, and animal dung. In sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, the lack of access to clean cookstoves and fuels for cooking and heating is especially acute, with a third of the urban population and the vast majority of the rural poor using solid fuels to cook their daily meals over open fires or inefficient stoves made from clay, metal, or bricks. In many countries, the rate of solid fuel usage, especially in rural areas, is 80% to 90%, and without interventions to promote the adoption of clean cooking solutions, the number of people who use solid fuels for cooking and heating is expected to rise as population growth outpaces economic development.
Focus Countries
Partner Countries
All Countries
Focus Countries
The Alliance has prioritized eight countries for deeper in-country engagement. These focus countries form the foundation for the Alliance’s efforts to promote a thriving market for clean cookstoves and fuels, and serve as a learning lab for best-practices.
Partner Countries
National partners of the Alliance include those countries that ascribe to the market-based principles of the Alliance and make a commitment to support the adoption of clean cookstoves and fuels
All Countries
The Alliance has researched and compiled information from multiple sources to give our partners consistent data points for every country that has over 5% of its population using solid fuels.

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