Increasing the Use of LPG in Cooking in Developing Countries

    About 40 percent of the world’s population still uses solid fuels and kerosene, the burning of which has deleterious health, economic, and environmental consequences. Every year up to four million people die prematurely from the effects of household air pollution caused by cooking with solid fuels—almost all of them in low- and middle-income countries (WHO 2014a; Forouzanfar and others 2016). In addition, use of these fuels imposes massive economic costs: Household air pollution in low- and middle-income countries caused an estimated $1.52 trillion in economic losses and $94 billion in lost labor income in 2013 (World Bank 2016).