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 10,195,134
GDP per capita (USD)
Income per day (USD)no data
Urban Population38%
Rural Population62%
Average Household Size5


Percentage of population using solid fuels for cooking96%
Number of people affected by HAP9,787,329
Number of households affected by HAP2,076,360
Number of deaths per year from HAP 7,574
Number of child deaths per year from HAP 4,141
Urban population using solid fuels>95%
Rural population using solid fuels>95%
Population using wood for cooking66.5%
Population using dung for cooking0.0%
Population using charcoal for cooking33.1%
Population using coal for cooking0.0%
Population using kerosene for cooking0.2%
Population using gas for cooking0.0%
Population using electricity for cooking0.1%
Population using other fuels for cooking0.1%

Cookstoves by Comparison

Percentage with access to electricity
Percentage with access to improved water30%
Percentage with access to improved sanitation24%
Diarrhea deaths per year16,900
Deaths per year from outdoor air pollution291
Deaths per year from malaria3,300
Deaths per year from tuberculosis3,400
Deaths per year from HIV/AIDS1,100
Annual PM10[mg/m3]*26


Existence and success of businesses/social enterpriseslow
Infrasturcture strength scoreno data
Prevailance of lending institutionsno data
Number of borrowersno data
Penetration of credit unionsno data
Ease of doing business score*no data
Starting business scoreno data
Getting credit scoreno data
Protecting investors scoreno data
Trading across borders scoreno data


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 problemsdeforestation, soil erosion, water shortages, desertification
Environmental considerationsacute fuelwood scarcity
Carbon dioxide emissions0.07