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 43,178,141
GDP per capita (USD) $ 942.54
Income per day (USD) $ 2.58
Urban Population24%
Rural Population76%
Average Household Size5


Percentage of population using solid fuels for cooking84%
Number of people affected by HAP38,680,000
Number of households affected by HAP7,884,000
Number of deaths per year from HAP 22,000
Number of child deaths per year from HAP 8,200
Urban population using solid fuels31.9%
Rural population using solid fuels>95%
Population using wood for cooking68.7%
Population using dung for cooking0.0%
Population using charcoal for cooking13.3%
Population using coal for cooking0.0%
Population using kerosene for cooking13.2%
Population using gas for cooking3.5%
Population using electricity for cooking0.6%
Population using other fuels for cooking0.7%

Cookstoves by Comparison

Percentage with access to electricity
Percentage with access to improved water61%
Percentage with access to improved sanitation29%
Diarrhea deaths per year23,700
Deaths per year from outdoor air pollution600
Deaths per year from malaria25,800
Deaths per year from tuberculosis28,100
Deaths per year from HIV/AIDS129,900
Annual PM10[mg/m3]*30


Existence and success of businesses/social enterpriseslow
Infrasturcture strength score2.99
Prevailance of lending institutions
Number of borrowers
Penetration of credit unions17.31%
Ease of doing business score*122
Starting business score128
Getting credit score11
Protecting investors score95
Trading across borders score157


Existence and success of businesses/social enterpriseslow
Overall womens empowerment indicator* score
Economic participation and opportunity*0.6151
Educational attainment score*0.9396
Health and survival*0.9677
Political empowerment score*0.0774
Percentage of girls in primary school
Literacy rate of women0%

Energy & Environment

Existence and success of businesses/social enterpriseslow
Environmental problems
Environmental considerations
Carbon dioxide emissions1.31