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 2,259,393
GDP per capita (USD) $ 5,785.75
Income per day (USD) $ 15.85
Urban Population39%
Rural Population61%
Average Household Size5


Percentage of population using solid fuels for cooking55%
Number of people affected by HAP1,242,666
Number of households affected by HAP263,629
Number of deaths per year from HAP 1,056
Number of child deaths per year from HAP 142
Urban population using solid fuels19.3%
Rural population using solid fuels88.4%
Population using wood for cooking62.3%
Population using dung for cooking0.3%
Population using charcoal for cooking0.6%
Population using coal for cooking0.0%
Population using kerosene for cooking0.1%
Population using gas for cooking5.7%
Population using electricity for cooking29.3%
Population using other fuels for cooking1.7%

Cookstoves by Comparison

Percentage with access to electricity
Percentage with access to improved water93%
Percentage with access to improved sanitation32%
Diarrhea deaths per year200
Deaths per year from outdoor air pollution <100
Deaths per year from malaria400
Deaths per year from tuberculosis800
Deaths per year from HIV/AIDS9,600
Annual PM10[mg/m3]*42


Existence and success of businesses/social enterpriseslow
Infrasturcture strength score4.26
Prevailance of lending institutions
Number of borrowers
Penetration of credit unionsno data
Ease of doing business score*94
Starting business score132
Getting credit score52
Protecting investors score80
Trading across borders score142


Existence and success of businesses/social enterpriseslow
Overall womens empowerment indicator* score
Economic participation and opportunity*0.7386
Educational attainment score*0.9979
Health and survival*0.9671
Political empowerment score*0.1918
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 emissions1.16