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 1,663,558
GDP per capita (USD) $ 494.31
Income per day (USD) $ 1.35
Urban Population45%
Rural Population55%
Average Household Size5


Percentage of population using solid fuels for cooking98%
Number of people affected by HAP1,630,287
Number of households affected by HAP304,271
Number of deaths per year from HAP 130
Number of child deaths per year from HAP 30
Urban population using solid fuels>95%
Rural population using solid fuels>95%
Population using wood for cooking69.0%
Population using dung for cooking0.0%
Population using charcoal for cooking29.3%
Population using coal for cooking0.0%
Population using kerosene for cooking0.0%
Population using gas for cooking0.6%
Population using electricity for cooking0.6%
Population using other fuels for cooking0.5%

Cookstoves by Comparison

Percentage with access to electricity
Percentage with access to improved water72%
Percentage with access to improved sanitation19%
Diarrhea deaths per year2,800
Deaths per year from outdoor air pollution200
Deaths per year from malaria2,900
Deaths per year from tuberculosis400
Deaths per year from HIV/AIDS900
Annual PM10[mg/m3]*48


Existence and success of businesses/social enterprisesmedium
Infrasturcture strength scoreno data
Prevailance of lending institutions1
Number of borrowers3,000
Penetration of credit unions2.44%
Ease of doing business score*181
Starting business score150
Getting credit score126
Protecting investors score137
Trading across borders score125


Existence and success of businesses/social enterprisesmedium
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 women42%

Energy & Environment

Existence and success of businesses/social enterprisesmedium
Environmental problems
Environmental considerations
Carbon dioxide emissions0.19