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: 20,835,401 (2020)

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

Major Ethnic Groups:

  • Mossi: 52%
  • Other: 48% (includes Gurunsi, Senufo, Lobi, Bobo, Mande, and Fulani)

  • Muslim: 61.5%
  • Catholic: 23.3%
  • Animist: 7.8%
  • Protestant: 6.5%
  • Other: 0.2%
  • None: 0.7%


  • French (official)
  • Jula
  • Fulfulde
  • Moore



  • Tue - Jul 7, 2020: Burkina Faso Resumes Polio Vaccination Campaigns Under Strict COVID-19 Prevention Measures - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [WHO] Brazzaville -- Burkina Faso today concluded a four-day mass polio immunization campaign, vaccinating 174 304 children under five years of age in two districts of the country's Centre-East region while observing COVID-19 infection prevention and control measures.
  • Sun - Jun 28, 2020: On The Frontline With Wendemi The Driver - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [Plan International] Wendemi joined Plan International in February 2020: "When I told my wife I was going to the East, she was worried," he explains. This region of Burkina Faso is one of the most affected by insecurity. Recurrent attacks by armed groups target both security forces and civilians.
  • Wed - Jun 24, 2020: COVID-19 is making girls vulnerable to early marriage in Burkina Faso - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [Plan International] In May, in the Centre-East region of Burkina Faso, a 15-year-old girl was persuaded by an older man to leave her parents to get married. This story could be written about thousands of girls who are now out of school due to COVID-19, putting them at greater risk of abuse, abduction and violence.
  • Wed - Jun 24, 2020: Student becomes the teacher to train classmates in hygiene skills - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [Plan International] With schools now starting to re-open in Burkina Faso after a long closure to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the first thing 14-year-old Roufaïata wanted to do was teach her classmates how build a simple handwashing device called a 'tippy tap' and how to wash their hands properly.
  • Wed - Jun 24, 2020: Burkina Faso Suffers From Culture of 'The Other' - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [RFI] The problems in West Africa, specifically the Sahel, where internationally supported military operations continue to battle a jihadist insurgency, could be better understood if political leaders concentrated on the bigger picture of identity and nationhood, according to a renowned Burkinabé governance and rights specialist.