Burkina Faso is a large, landlocked nation that stretches between the Sahara desert in the north and tropical Africa to the south. Home to ancient empires, Burkina Faso is now classified as one of the five least developed countries in the world.
Approximately 80% of Burkina Faso’s workforce is involved in agriculture, livestock raising or fishing. But the country is plagued with frequent drought, locust swarms and subsequent lack of food.
Heavily dependent on foreign aid, Burkina Faso’s economy is also vulnerable to fluctuations in world prices for cotton, the country’s main export.
Humanitarian Profile of Burkina Faso:
Region: West Africa
Population: 15 million
Ranked 173 out of 177 countries according to Human Development indicators ( HDI)
Life expectancy: 45 years
More than one in five children dies before their fifth birthday
One in three children under five are underweight
Three in four adults cannot read or write
One in two people lack access to clean water
1.7% of population living with HIV & AIDS.
Sources: Global Hunger Index, UNAIDS, UNDP
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