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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By the Numbers

RegionSouth Asia
Population 1,252,139,596
Percentage of population using solid fuels for cooking64%
Number of people affected by HAP839,000,000
Number of households affected by HAP148,000,000
Number of deaths per year from HAP 783,000
Number of child deaths per year from HAP 100,000
Urban population using solid fuels26%
Rural population using solid fuels86%
Population using wood for cooking49%
Population using dung for cooking8%
Population using charcoal for cooking0.4%
Population using coal for cooking1.4%
Population using kerosene for cooking3%
Population using gas for cooking29%
Population using electricity for cooking0.1%
Population using other fuels for cooking1%