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- Burkina Faso is a landlocked country located in the heart of West Africa.
- The capital of Burkina Faso is Ouagadougou. Written as “Wogodogo” in the Mòoré dialect, it literally means “You are welcome here at home with us”.
- The country is disadvantaged not only for not having access to the ocean, but being precariously positioned just south of the ever-expanding Sahara desert. The encroachment of the Sahara desert negatively impacts the country’s vegetation, soil, and climate causing scarce and irregular rain patterns. Burkina Faso is prone to severe droughts. Burkina Faso suffered droughts in the early 1970s and the early 1980s.
- Burkina Faso is a developing country and is identified as one of the poorest in the world.
- About 80% of the population relies on subsistence agriculture. Subsistence agriculture is self-sufficiency farming in which the farmers focus on growing enough food to feed themselves and their families. The typical subsistence farm has a range of crops and animals needed by the family to feed and clothe themselves during the year.
- 3 million people in Burkina Faso lack access to an improved water source.
- Over 6,000 children under 5 years old die every year from poor water and sanitation in Burkina Faso.