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: 19,742,715 (2018)

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



  • Tue - Jul 30, 2019: VP Bawumia to NDC - Our Dams Are Not Guinea Fowls That Will Fly to Burkina - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [Ghana Presidency] The Vice President of the Republic, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has reaffirmed Government's determination to fulfil the campaign pledge of facilitating year round farming in the northern regions through the construction of dams under the 'One Village One Dam' programme.
  • Tue - Jul 30, 2019: Burkina Faso Kidnapping - SA Man Believed to Be Dead, but Wife Holds On to Hope - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [News24Wire] A South African man who was kidnapped in Burkina Faso is believed to have died, but his wife refuses to accept this until she has proof.
  • Mon - Jul 29, 2019: Woman Arrested for Attempting to Smuggle Fertiliser to Burkina Faso - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [Ghanaian Times] Navrongo -A woman who attempted to smuggle 1,000 bags of 50 kilograms of fertiliser meant for Planting for Food and Jobs (FPJs) into Burkina Faso, was on Thursday arrested by the Police in Navrongo in the Upper East Region.
  • Mon - Jul 29, 2019: At Least 15 Killed in Jihadist Attack in Burkina Faso - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [RFI] Suspected jihadists have raided a village in Burkina Faso's restive north region, killing 15 people, plundering and burning shops and motorbikes, a regional governor has said.
  • Wed - Jul 24, 2019: Persistence Pays - Powering a Green Economy - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [UNEP] The sun fades fast on a small village surrounding the outskirts of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso's capital city. Shadows fall in long dark lines across a neat row of houses. A group of school children race through the alleyways on their way home, clutching their school books.