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 2,712,100
GDP per capita (USD) $ 5,440.45
Income per day (USD) $ 14.91
Urban Population52%
Rural Population48%
Average Household Size4


Percentage of population using solid fuels for cooking13%
Number of people affected by HAP352,573
Number of households affected by HAP80,130
Number of deaths per year from HAP 421
Number of child deaths per year from HAP 11
Urban population using solid fuelsno data
Rural population using solid fuelsno data
Population using wood for cooking7.8%
Population using dung for cooking0.0%
Population using charcoal for cooking7.8%
Population using coal for cooking0.0%
Population using kerosene for cooking0.4%
Population using gas for cooking79.8%
Population using electricity for cooking1.6%
Population using other fuels for cooking2.6%

Cookstoves by Comparison

Percentage with access to electricity
Percentage with access to improved water93%
Percentage with access to improved sanitation80%
Diarrhea deaths per year200
Deaths per year from outdoor air pollution200
Deaths per year from malariano data
Deaths per year from tuberculosis0
Deaths per year from HIV/AIDS1,200
Annual PM10[mg/m3]*27


Existence and success of businesses/social enterpriseslow
Infrasturcture strength score3.91
Prevailance of lending institutions
Number of borrowers
Penetration of credit unions53.49%
Ease of doing business score*91
Starting business score22
Getting credit score105
Protecting investors score80
Trading across borders score118


Existence and success of businesses/social enterpriseslow
Overall womens empowerment indicator* score
Economic participation and opportunity*0.7535
Educational attainment score*0.9849
Health and survival*0.9796
Political empowerment score*0.0967
Percentage of girls in primary school
Literacy rate of women92%

Energy & Environment

Existence and success of businesses/social enterpriseslow
Environmental problems
Environmental considerations
Carbon dioxide emissions1.72