Burkina Faso has some of the lowest human development statistics in terms of life expectancy, educational attainment and income.*
In Burkina Faso the average amount of schooling is just over one year and close to 50 percent of Burkina Faso’s population is living on less than $1.25 a day. About 90 percent of Burkina Faso’s 18 million inhabitants are engaged in subsistence agriculture, but many lack access to modern farming techniques. Droughts, increasing desertification and other affects of climate change have severely impacted agricultural activities and the economy.
This land-locked country is located in Western Africa, bordered by Niger, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire and Mali and receives on average just 31 inches of rain annually. Burkina Faso gained indpendence from France in 1960, and following a period of unrest has had a fragile democracy under President Blaise Compoare.
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