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 14,075,099
GDP per capita (USD) $ 1,469.12
Income per day (USD) $ 4.02
Urban Population40%
Rural Population60%
Average Household Size5


Percentage of population using solid fuels for cooking83%
Number of people affected by HAP11,682,332
Number of households affected by HAP2,376,699
Number of deaths per year from HAP 8,629
Number of child deaths per year from HAP 4,190
Urban population using solid fuels62.4%
Rural population using solid fuels>95%
Population using wood for cooking59.4%
Population using dung for cooking0.1%
Population using charcoal for cooking24.5%
Population using coal for cooking0.2%
Population using kerosene for cooking0.0%
Population using gas for cooking0.0%
Population using electricity for cooking15.8%
Population using other fuels for cooking0.0%

Cookstoves by Comparison

Percentage with access to electricity
Percentage with access to improved water64%
Percentage with access to improved sanitation42%
Diarrhea deaths per year12,700
Deaths per year from outdoor air pollution1,100
Deaths per year from malaria14,900
Deaths per year from tuberculosis6,800
Deaths per year from HIV/AIDS75,000
Annual PM10[mg/m3]*27


Existence and success of businesses/social enterpriseslow
Infrasturcture strength score2.59
Prevailance of lending institutions
Number of borrowers
Penetration of credit unions0.03%
Ease of doing business score*90
Starting business score70
Getting credit score11
Protecting investors score80
Trading across borders score163


Existence and success of businesses/social enterpriseslow
Overall womens empowerment indicator* score
Economic participation and opportunity*0.6011
Educational attainment score*0.8472
Health and survival*0.969
Political empowerment score*0.0999
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 emissions0.20