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 2,051,545
GDP per capita (USD) $ 1,193.04
Income per day (USD) $ 3.27
Urban Population28%
Rural Population72%
Average Household Size5


Percentage of population using solid fuels for cooking62%
Number of people affected by HAP1,271,958
Number of households affected by HAP269,843
Number of deaths per year from HAP 1,896
Number of child deaths per year from HAP 788
Urban population using solid fuels8.2%
Rural population using solid fuels86.4%
Population using wood for cooking56.6%
Population using dung for cooking5.7%
Population using charcoal for cooking0.1%
Population using coal for cooking0.0%
Population using kerosene for cooking13.5%
Population using gas for cooking22.0%
Population using electricity for cooking1.8%
Population using other fuels for cooking0.3%

Cookstoves by Comparison

Percentage with access to electricity
Percentage with access to improved water78%
Percentage with access to improved sanitation26%
Diarrhea deaths per year400
Deaths per year from outdoor air pollution <100
Deaths per year from malaria0
Deaths per year from tuberculosis700
Deaths per year from HIV/AIDS15,800
Annual PM10[mg/m3]*38


Existence and success of businesses/social enterpriseslow
Infrasturcture strength score2.56
Prevailance of lending institutions
Number of borrowers
Penetration of credit unions4.39%
Ease of doing business score*139
Starting business score88
Getting credit score154
Protecting investors score95
Trading across borders score146


Existence and success of businesses/social enterpriseslow
Overall womens empowerment indicator* score
Economic participation and opportunity*0.8789
Educational attainment score*1
Health and survival*0.9796
Political empowerment score*0.2128
Percentage of girls in primary school
Literacy rate of women85%

Energy & Environment

Existence and success of businesses/social enterpriseslow
Environmental problems
Environmental considerations
Carbon dioxide emissions1.43