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 6,642,928
GDP per capita (USD) $ 574.12
Income per day (USD) $ 1.57
Urban Population39%
Rural Population61%
Average Household Size5


Percentage of population using solid fuels for cooking95%
Number of people affected by HAP6,310,782
Number of households affected by HAP1,177,822
Number of deaths per year from HAP 3,846
Number of child deaths per year from HAP 1,719
Urban population using solid fuels>95%
Rural population using solid fuels>95%
Population using wood for cooking54.0%
Population using dung for cooking0.0%
Population using charcoal for cooking43.8%
Population using coal for cooking0.0%
Population using kerosene for cooking0.5%
Population using gas for cooking1.2%
Population using electricity for cooking0.1%
Population using other fuels for cooking0.4%

Cookstoves by Comparison

Percentage with access to electricity
Percentage with access to improved water59%
Percentage with access to improved sanitation11%
Diarrhea deaths per year4,800
Deaths per year from outdoor air pollution200
Deaths per year from malaria8,400
Deaths per year from tuberculosis4,800
Deaths per year from HIV/AIDS8,100
Annual PM10[mg/m3]*27


Existence and success of businesses/social enterpriseslow
Infrasturcture strength scoreno data
Prevailance of lending institutions
Number of borrowers
Penetration of credit unions26.14%
Ease of doing business score*159
Starting business score165
Getting credit score126
Protecting investors score147
Trading across borders score108


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 women48%

Energy & Environment

Existence and success of businesses/social enterpriseslow
Environmental problems
Environmental considerations
Carbon dioxide emissions7.67