Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso which is also known as Upper Volta or Burkina is a country located in west of Africa. It is surrounded by land from al the four sides where in Mali lies to its north, Togo and Ghana to its south, Cote de Ivory to its south west, Benin to its south east and Niger to its east. Burkina Faso was formerly occupied by Bobo, Mossi, Gurma, Gurunsi and Lobi people who migrated to the place in the 14th century. France subjugated Mossi Empire in the year 1897 and later in 1919 the other empires were also conquered by France. After the conquest France named this region as Upper Volta and on 5th August 1960 this region gained independence. Later in the year 1984 Upper Volta was renamed as Burkina Faso by the government. There are about 13 districts in Burkina Faso which are Cascades, Boucle du Mouhoun, Centre, Centre Est, Centre Sud, Centre Ouest, Centre Nord, Nord, Est, Hauts-Bassins, Plateau-Central, Sud-Ouest and Sahel.

Burkina Faso is a savanna plateau area which is about 650 to 1000 feet above the sea level. Black Volta or Mouhoun is one of the largest rivers in Burkina Faso. This region has the largest elephant population, how ever there are other species namely Lions, Hippos, Antelopes, Monkeys and Warthogs. The climate of this region is cool during the months of November to February, hot and humid during March to June and rainy during the months of July to September. Burkina Faso is named among one of the poorest countries in the world as it per capita income is about 1200 dollars. The main occupation of the people in Burkina Faso is agriculture but there are few people who live on livestock. Main crops which are grown in this region are maize, sorghum, rice, cotton, peanuts and pearl millet. Minerals like gold, manganese, iron and copper are also found in this region. Being among the poorest countries this region relies mainly on international funds and aids.

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