Burkina Faso



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Capital: Ouagadougou

Government: Unitary Semi-Presidential Republic

Current President: Roch Marc Christian Kaboré


  • Landlocked country that relies heavily on cotton and gold exports for revenue.
  • About 90% of the population is engaged in subsistence agriculture.
  • Cotton is the main cash crop.
  • By 2010, gold had become the main source of export revenue.

Population: 20,107,509 (2017)

Land Size: 274,200 sq km (105,900 sq miles)

Major Ethnic Groups:

  • Mossi: > 40%
  • Other: ~ 60% (includes Gurunsi, Senufo, Lobi, Bobo, Mande, and Fulani)

  • Muslim: 60%
  • Catholic: 19%
  • Animist: 15.3%
  • Protestant: 4.2%
  • Other: 0.6%
  • None: 0.4%


  • French (official)
  • Jula
  • Fulfulde
  • Moore



  • Mon - Oct 15, 2018: Remembering Thomas Sankara On the 30th Anniversary of His Assassination - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [Fahamu] Thomas Isidore Noël Sankara (1949-1987) was assassinated 30 years ago, on 15 October 1987. He was one of the most confident and outspoken anti-imperialist leaders of the late 20th century. Sankara's life and political praxis continue to be significant in shaping and inspiring anti-imperial and Pan-African youth activism and resistance across the African continent and beyond.
  • Thu - Oct 11, 2018: Urgent need to protect girls from FGM and forced marriage - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [AI London] ·          48 girls suffered medical complications following female genital mutilation last month
  • Wed - Oct 10, 2018: Electricity - Power Line Connects Burkina Faso to Ghana - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [Cameroon Tribune] Bilateral cooperation was in the limelight over the weekend in West Africa when Presidents Roch Marc Christian Kaboré of Burkina Faso and Nana Ado Akufo-Addo of Ghana commissioned a power line connecting their two countries.
  • Tue - Sep 25, 2018: Farmer Wins 'Alternative Nobel' for Drought-Fighting Technique - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -A farmer from Burkina Faso who popularized an ancient farming technique to reverse desertification is among the winners of Sweden's "alternative Nobel prize", announced on Monday.
  • Mon - Sep 24, 2018: The 'Natural Resource Curse' and Artisanal Mines - the Case of Burkina Faso - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [The Conversation Africa] Is there a "natural resources curse" as economists call it? This burning question arises in all resource-rich countries where the majority of the population is living in poverty. Political instability, conflicts, or poorly run institutions are all country-level explanations. But is it enough? Another important aspect of the question is that resources can be extracted in an artisanal or industrial way. The effects on local populations then differ widely.