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 4,190,435
GDP per capita (USD) $ 413.76
Income per day (USD) $ 1.13
Urban Population49%
Rural Population51%
Average Household Size5


Percentage of population using solid fuels for cooking98%
Number of people affected by HAP4,106,626
Number of households affected by HAP766,446
Number of deaths per year from HAP 3,010
Number of child deaths per year from HAP 1,691
Urban population using solid fuels>95%
Rural population using solid fuels>95%
Population using wood for cooking58.9%
Population using dung for cooking0.0%
Population using charcoal for cooking40.5%
Population using coal for cooking0.0%
Population using kerosene for cooking0.0%
Population using gas for cooking0.0%
Population using electricity for cooking0.0%
Population using other fuels for cooking0.6%

Cookstoves by Comparison

Percentage with access to electricity
Percentage with access to improved water74%
Percentage with access to improved sanitation18%
Diarrhea deaths per year6,600
Deaths per year from outdoor air pollution100
Deaths per year from malaria6,000
Deaths per year from tuberculosis1,700
Deaths per year from HIV/AIDS1,900
Annual PM10[mg/m3]*31


Existence and success of businesses/social enterpriseslow
Infrasturcture strength scoreno data
Prevailance of lending institutionsno data
Number of borrowersno data
Penetration of credit unions0.50%
Ease of doing business score*149
Starting business score37
Getting credit score105
Protecting investors score147
Trading across borders score143


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 women0%

Energy & Environment

Existence and success of businesses/social enterpriseslow
Environmental problems
Environmental considerations
Carbon dioxide emissions0.06