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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By the Numbers

RegionLatin America and Caribbean
Population 6,687,361
Percentage of population using solid fuels for cooking46%
Number of people affected by HAP3,076,186
Number of households affected by HAP668,736
Number of deaths per year from HAP 2,897
Number of child deaths per year from HAP 149
Urban population using solid fuels33.4%
Rural population using solid fuels81.2%
Population using wood for cooking33.8%
Population using dung for cooking0.0%
Population using charcoal for cooking0.0%
Population using coal for cooking13.8%
Population using kerosene for cooking0.0%
Population using gas for cooking49.9%
Population using electricity for cooking1.0%
Population using other fuels for cooking1.5%