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

RegionSub-Saharan Africa
Population 6,130,922
GDP per capita (USD) $ 504.30
Income per day (USD) $ 1.38
Urban Population22%
Rural Population78%
Average Household Size5


Percentage of population using solid fuels for cooking63%
Number of people affected by HAP3,862,481
Number of households affected by HAP819,417
Number of deaths per year from HAP 2,573
Number of child deaths per year from HAP 1,169
Urban population using solid fuels27.2%
Rural population using solid fuels89.0%
Population using wood for cooking59.4%
Population using dung for cooking5.2%
Population using charcoal for cooking1.7%
Population using coal for cooking0.0%
Population using kerosene for cooking28.0%
Population using gas for cooking4.7%
Population using electricity for cooking0.6%
Population using other fuels for cooking0.4%

Cookstoves by Comparison

Percentage with access to electricity
Percentage with access to improved water0%
Percentage with access to improved sanitation0%
Diarrhea deaths per year3,200
Deaths per year from outdoor air pollution200
Deaths per year from malaria200
Deaths per year from tuberculosis2,400
Deaths per year from HIV/AIDS2,000
Annual PM10[mg/m3]*61


Existence and success of businesses/social enterpriseslow
Infrasturcture strength scoreno data
Prevailance of lending institutions
Number of borrowers
Penetration of credit unionsno data
Ease of doing business score*185
Starting business score186
Getting credit score182
Protecting investors score113
Trading across borders score170


Existence and success of businesses/social enterpriseslow
Overall womens empowerment indicator* score
Economic participation and opportunity*no data
Educational attainment score*no data
Health and survival*no data
Political empowerment score*no data
Percentage of girls in primary school
Literacy rate of women59%

Energy & Environment

Existence and success of businesses/social enterpriseslow
Environmental problems
Environmental considerations
Carbon dioxide emissions0.12