Burkina Faso means something like "the home of the incorruptible" in the widely spoken local language Mooré. Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa and is one of the poorest countries in the world. As a Sahel country with rare natural resources and very unfavorable climatic conditions, it is largely dependent on international aid. Agriculture accounts for 32% of the gross domestic product and employs over 80% of the active population. The Burkinabe cotton sector, which was the market leader in Africa with 700,000 tons of production in 2006, is heavily subsidized and also relies on international aid to be able to keep up with world market prices.

Burkina Faso has around 20 million inhabitants (2019) in an area the size of West Germany, making it the most densely populated country in the Sahel. Half of the population is 15 years old or younger. 45 percent of residents live below the poverty line with an annual income of 70 euros, and the average per capita GDP is around 600 euros per year. Above-average demographic growth, combined with weak industrialization and economic conditions, leave little hope that the country's poverty trend will improve in the medium term.

Every two to three years, Burkina Faso hosts the largest pan-African film festival "FESPACO" as well as Africa's largest art fair, the SIAO, and receives high international recognition in these areas.

Burkina Faso on Wikipedia

Website of the SIAO (Salon International de l'Artisanat de Ouagadougou)


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