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Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in Africa with 40% of the population living below the poverty level. The country is landlocked in the Sub-Saharan region, has limited natural resources and is particularly vulnerable to economic shocks such as high food prices, which limit vulnerable people’s access to adequate food. Burkina Faso's population is growing rapidly at 2.8% annually, placing pressure on the country’s infrastructure and resources. The country is prone to recurrent natural disasters such as drought, floods and locust invasions, which have become increasingly frequent and severe. Food insecurity and malnutrition rates remain chronically high, with 14% of children under 5 underweight. (Sources: UNICEF 2017; UNDP 2018; World Bank 2017; Unaids 2017)

total population (thousands)
GNI per capita
Life expectancy at birth
60 years
Human Development Index
183 (out of 189)
Under-5 mortality rate
Primary school net enrolment
Adult HIV prevalence (% of the population)
People of all ages living with HIV (thousands)
improved access to safe water (% of the population)
moderate-severe underweight (% children under-5)

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