Burkina Faso

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The United Nations ranks Burkina Faso as the third poorest country in the world. Burkina Faso also has the lowest per-capita gross domestic product (GDP) in the world at US$1,200. Recurring droughts and desertification have severely affected the country’s agricultural sector, which represents 32 percent of its gross domestic product and occupies 80 percent of the working population.

Border disputes and ethnic conflicts in the region have placed further stress on the people of this landlocked West African country. This has affected the population’s ability to maintain stable livelihoods. As of 2012, the country has an unemployment rate of nearly 77 percent. While many local initiatives attempt to combat poverty, the people of Burkina Faso still need outside humanitarian aid.


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