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 1,791,225
GDP per capita (USD) $ 512.10
Income per day (USD) $ 1.40
Urban Population58%
Rural Population42%
Average Household Size5


Percentage of population using solid fuels for cooking95%
Number of people affected by HAP1,701,664
Number of households affected by HAP317,593
Number of deaths per year from HAP 1,015
Number of child deaths per year from HAP 581
Urban population using solid fuels91.1%
Rural population using solid fuels>95%
Population using wood for cooking78.0%
Population using dung for cooking0.0%
Population using charcoal for cooking12.8%
Population using coal for cooking0.1%
Population using kerosene for cooking0.2%
Population using gas for cooking4.6%
Population using electricity for cooking0.1%
Population using other fuels for cooking4.2%

Cookstoves by Comparison

Percentage with access to electricity
Percentage with access to improved water89%
Percentage with access to improved sanitation68%
Diarrhea deaths per year1,100
Deaths per year from outdoor air pollution200
Deaths per year from malaria2,000
Deaths per year from tuberculosis600
Deaths per year from HIV/AIDS500
Annual PM10[mg/m3]*60


Existence and success of businesses/social enterpriseshigh
Infrasturcture strength score3.83
Prevailance of lending institutions96
Number of borrowers1,919,000
Penetration of credit unions3.96%
Ease of doing business score*148
Starting business score123
Getting credit score162
Protecting investors score178
Trading across borders score99


Existence and success of businesses/social enterpriseshigh
Overall womens empowerment indicator* score
Economic participation and opportunity*0.7588
Educational attainment score*0.8288
Health and survival*0.9796
Political empowerment score*0.1377
Percentage of girls in primary school
Literacy rate of women42%

Energy & Environment

Existence and success of businesses/social enterpriseshigh
Environmental problems
Environmental considerationsbiodiversity hotspot
Carbon dioxide emissions0.80