Engage in Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso, a landlocked country in West Africa, is situated in the heart of the West African savanna. The nation’s name, meaning “land of the proud and honest people,” was adopted in 1984 and combines words from the three main local languages. With a population estimated at around 22,489,126 in 2023, Burkina Faso is home to diverse ethnic and linguistic groups, with approximately sixty different language groups recognized within its borders. Formerly a colony of France, the country was known as Upper Volta, named after the Red, Black, and White Volta Rivers that hold significant importance in the region. French heavily influences the political, economic, and educational systems as the official language. The geography of Burkina Faso is characterized by vast flat savannas and is landlocked, sharing borders with Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Niger, and Togo. The country’s economy predominantly relies on subsistence agriculture, where the majority of the population engages in cultivating crops. The main export crops are cotton and sheanuts, contributing to the country’s economic activities. Burkina Faso experiences two distinct seasons: a rainy season from late May to mid-October and a longer dry season for the remainder of the year. During the wet season, which is crucial for crop growth, many young men migrate to neighboring countries like Côte d’Ivoire to work in the coffee and cacao plantations. The government system is a presidential republic, with the president serving as the chief of state and a prime minister as the head of government. Burkina Faso is a member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and is known for its cultural diversity, natural beauty, and proud people.