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

RegionLatin America and Caribbean
Population 198,656,019
Percentage of population using solid fuels for cooking6%
Number of people affected by HAP11,919,361
Number of households affected by HAP3,136,674
Number of deaths per year from HAP 21,350
Number of child deaths per year from HAP 548
Urban population using solid fuels<5%
Rural population using solid fuels39.6%
Population using wood for cooking10.2%
Population using dung for cooking0.0%
Population using charcoal for cooking0.4%
Population using coal for cooking1.8%
Population using kerosene for cooking0.0%
Population using gas for cooking86.7%
Population using electricity for cooking0.5%
Population using other fuels for cooking0.4%