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 1,230,985
GDP per capita (USD) $ 3,041.85
Income per day (USD) $ 8.33
Urban Population21%
Rural Population79%
Average Household Size5


Percentage of population using solid fuels for cooking62%
Number of people affected by HAP763,211
Number of households affected by HAP161,913
Number of deaths per year from HAP 714
Number of child deaths per year from HAP 183
Urban population using solid fuels14.1%
Rural population using solid fuels76.7%
Population using wood for cooking71.7%
Population using dung for cooking0.0%
Population using charcoal for cooking0.4%
Population using coal for cooking0.2%
Population using kerosene for cooking0.0%
Population using gas for cooking11.2%
Population using electricity for cooking12.6%
Population using other fuels for cooking3.9%

Cookstoves by Comparison

Percentage with access to electricity
Percentage with access to improved water72%
Percentage with access to improved sanitation57%
Diarrhea deaths per year500
Deaths per year from outdoor air pollution <100
Deaths per year from malaria0
Deaths per year from tuberculosis900
Deaths per year from HIV/AIDS8,900
Annual PM10[mg/m3]*29


Existence and success of businesses/social enterpriseslow
Infrasturcture strength score3.26
Prevailance of lending institutions
Number of borrowers
Penetration of credit unions4.71%
Ease of doing business score*120
Starting business score167
Getting credit score52
Protecting investors score127
Trading across borders score128


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 women87%

Energy & Environment

Existence and success of businesses/social enterpriseslow
Environmental problems
Environmental considerations
Carbon dioxide emissions3.63