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

RegionMiddle East and North Africa
Population 37,195,349
GDP per capita (USD) $ 1,580.00
Income per day (USD) $ 4.33
Urban Population33%
Rural Population67%
Average Household Size6


Percentage of population using solid fuels for cooking72%
Number of people affected by HAP26,780,651
Number of households affected by HAP4,617,354
Number of deaths per year from HAP 15,567
Number of child deaths per year from HAP 7,541
Urban population using solid fuelsno data
Rural population using solid fuelsno data
Population using wood for cooking56.2%
Population using dung for cooking0.5%
Population using charcoal for cooking1.3%
Population using coal for cooking14.3%
Population using kerosene for cooking0.4%
Population using gas for cooking6.4%
Population using electricity for cooking0.1%
Population using other fuels for cooking20.8%

Cookstoves by Comparison

Percentage with access to electricity
Percentage with access to improved water55%
Percentage with access to improved sanitation24%
Diarrhea deaths per year17,900
Deaths per year from outdoor air pollution5,300
Deaths per year from malaria31,700
Deaths per year from tuberculosis19,600
Deaths per year from HIV/AIDS22,100
Annual PM10[mg/m3]*137


Existence and success of businesses/social enterprisesmedium
Infrasturcture strength scoreno data
Prevailance of lending institutions3
Number of borrowers7,000
Penetration of credit unionsno data
Ease of doing business score*143
Starting business score122
Getting credit score167
Protecting investors score156
Trading across borders score155


Existence and success of businesses/social enterprisesmedium
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 women63%

Energy & Environment

Existence and success of businesses/social enterprisesmedium
Environmental problemsdeforestation, soil erosion, desertification, loss of biodiversity
Environmental considerationsacute fuelwood scarcity
Carbon dioxide emissions0.29