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Desertification and deforestation are major environmental problems for Burkina Faso.1 Overgrazing, slash-and-burn agriculture, and overdependence on wood for fuel have all contributed to environmental disintegration.2 The pollution levels in Burkina Faso have climbed with the increase in uncontrolled sewage disposal and industrial waste.3 Gold-mining pollution has added arsenic to certain water supplies, and climate change has caused an increase in droughts, further exacerbating the country's water crisis.4 Since agriculture, breeding, and forestry sectors make up 70% of Burkina Fasoâ's economy, climate change and environmental instability negatively affect trade and food sources as well.5

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1http://www.sba-int.ch/1267-Economic_Assessment_of_the_Environment_and_Natural_Resources_in_Burkina_Faso
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4http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/gallery/2011/sep/05/burkina-faso-gold-in-pictures
5http://www.sba-int.ch/1267-Economic_Assessment_of_the_Environment_and_Natural_Resources_in_Burkina_Faso
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Geography

Western Africa, north of Ghana
Area

Total 274,200 sq km
Land 273,800 sq km
Water 400 sq km

Climate

tropical; warm, dry winters; hot, wet summers
Natural Resources

manganese, limestone, marble; small deposits of gold, phosphates, pumice, salt ;
Natural Hazards

recurring droughts
Current Environmental Issues

recent droughts and desertification severely affecting agricultural activities, population distribution, and the economy; overgrazing; soil degradation; deforestation

Demographics

Nationality
Burkinabe
Population
17,812,961 (July 2013 est.)
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Finances

Burkina Faso is a poor, landlocked country that relies heavily on cotton and gold exports for revenue. The country has few natural resources and a weak industrial base. About 90% of the population is engaged in subsistence agriculture, which is vulnerable to periodic drought. Cotton is the main cash crop. Since 1998, Burkina Faso has embarked upon a gradual privatization of state-owned enterprises and in 2004 revised its investment code to attract foreign investment. As a result of this new code and other legislation favoring the mining sector, the country has seen an upswing in gold exploration and production. By ...See More 2010, gold had become the main source of export revenue. Gold mining production doubled between 2009 and 2010. Two new mining projects were launched in the third quarter of 2011. Local community conflict persists in the mining and cotton sectors, but the Prime Minister has made efforts to defuse some of the economic cause of public discontent, including announcing income tax reductions, reparations for looting victims, and subsidies for basic food items and fertilizer. An IMF mission to Burkina Faso in October 2011 expressed general satisfaction with the measures. The risk of a mass exodus of the 3 to 4 million Burinabe who live and work in Cote d'Ivoire has dissipated, and trade, power, and transport links are being restored. Burkina Faso experienced a severe drought in 2011, which decimated grazing land and decreased harvests, creating food insecurity and damaging the country's agricultural base. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$24.69 billion (2012 est.); $22.86 billion (2011 est.); $21.95 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

8.8% of GDP (2012 est.); 16.7% of GDP (2011 est.); 17.4% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

cotton, peanuts, shea nuts, sesame, sorghum, millet, corn, rice; livestock
Industries

cotton lint, beverages, agricultural processing, soap, cigarettes, textiles, gold