There are multiple factors that determine the health, environmental, economic, and climate impacts from cooking on a country’s inhabitants. While some countries have access to clean cooking technologies and fuels, others are more dependent on the use of solid fuels, rudimentary cookstoves, and open fires for their household cooking needs. The Alliance has gathered information from a number of sources to provide a snapshot of a range of factors including: overview of access to clean cookstoves and fuels, demographic and household data, adoption indicators, economic statistics, and other pertinent health and gender resources.

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General Info

RegionLatin America and Caribbean
Population 795,369
GDP per capita (USD) $ 3,583.96
Income per day (USD) $ 9.82
Urban Population28%
Rural Population72%
Average Household Size4


Percentage of population using solid fuels for cooking7%
Number of people affected by HAP55,676
Number of households affected by HAP14,431
Number of deaths per year from HAP 111
Number of child deaths per year from HAP 4
Urban population using solid fuels<5%
Rural population using solid fuels13.6%
Population using wood for cooking10.2%
Population using dung for cooking0.0%
Population using charcoal for cooking0.4%
Population using coal for cooking0.0%
Population using kerosene for cooking39.2%
Population using gas for cooking48.0%
Population using electricity for cooking1.6%
Population using other fuels for cooking0.6%

Cookstoves by Comparison

Percentage with access to electricity
Percentage with access to improved water95%
Percentage with access to improved sanitation84%
Diarrhea deaths per year200
Deaths per year from outdoor air pollutionno data
Deaths per year from malaria0
Deaths per year from tuberculosis100
Deaths per year from HIV/AIDS600
Annual PM10[mg/m3]*20


Existence and success of businesses/social enterpriseslow
Infrasturcture strength score2.92
Prevailance of lending institutions
Number of borrowers
Penetration of credit unions6.75%
Ease of doing business score*113
Starting business score89
Getting credit score167
Protecting investors score80
Trading across borders score72


Existence and success of businesses/social enterpriseslow
Overall womens empowerment indicator* score
Economic participation and opportunity*0.5915
Educational attainment score*0.998
Health and survival*0.9789
Political empowerment score*0.2674
Percentage of girls in primary school
Literacy rate of women87%

Energy & Environment

Existence and success of businesses/social enterpriseslow
Environmental problems
Environmental considerations
Carbon dioxide emissions5.50