Burkina Faso is located in West Africa, with Mali to its north and Ghana to its south. The climate is tropical with warm, dry winters and hot, wet summers.
Burkina Faso has joined with three other cotton-producing countries in the region – Benin, Chad and Mali (known as the Cotton-4 countries) – to lobby in the World Trade Organization for fewer subsidies to cotton producers in competing countries.
Cotton is the country’s primary cash crop, but exports of livestock and gold have also added to Burkina Faso’s economy.
Burkina Faso remains one of the world’s poorest countries, with a 77 percent unemployment rate and 46 percent of the population living in poverty. It also has few natural resources and suffers from a weak industrial base.
IFDC is working to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Burkina Faso. Our key projects in the country are PAMEFA and USAID C4CP.