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
CountryCentral African Republic
Population 4,525,209
GDP per capita (USD) $ 482.67
Income per day (USD) $ 1.32
Urban Population39%
Rural Population61%
Average Household Size5


Percentage of population using solid fuels for cooking97%
Number of people affected by HAP4,389,453
Number of households affected by HAP844,126
Number of deaths per year from HAP 4,371
Number of child deaths per year from HAP 1,360
Urban population using solid fuels>95%
Rural population using solid fuels>95%
Population using wood for cooking96.9%
Population using dung for cooking0.0%
Population using charcoal for cooking2.2%
Population using coal for cooking0.0%
Population using kerosene for cooking0.2%
Population using gas for cooking0.1%
Population using electricity for cooking0.3%
Population using other fuels for cooking0.3%

Cookstoves by Comparison

Percentage with access to electricity
Percentage with access to improved water67%
Percentage with access to improved sanitation34%
Diarrhea deaths per year4,300
Deaths per year from outdoor air pollution <100
Deaths per year from malaria5,100
Deaths per year from tuberculosis2,300
Deaths per year from HIV/AIDS10,400
Annual PM10[mg/m3]*35


Existence and success of businesses/social enterpriseslow
Infrasturcture strength scoreno data
Prevailance of lending institutions18
Number of borrowers139,000
Penetration of credit unionsno data
Ease of doing business score*187
Starting business score172
Getting credit score105
Protecting investors score137
Trading across borders score185


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 women44%

Energy & Environment

Existence and success of businesses/social enterpriseslow
Environmental problems
Environmental considerations
Carbon dioxide emissions0.48