Formerly the Republic of Upper Volta, the country was renamed “Burkina Faso” in 1984. The words “Burkina” meaning “upright” and “Faso” meaning “fatherland.”
- The capital and main city is Ouagadougou
- The official language is French
- Area: 105,900 sq mi (slightly larger than the State of Michigan)
- Population approx. 20 million in 2017
- Climate: The country has a primarily tropical climate with two very distinct seasons. 1) The rainy season where the country receives between 60 and 90 cm of rainfall 2) The dry season, the Harmattan – where a hot dry wind from the Sahara blows.
Fun Fact: Burkina Faso has a larger number of elephants than many countries in West Africa. Lions, leopards and buffalo can also be found here, including the dwarf or red buffalo.
Main Research Themes
- Household Income and Livelihoods
- Input Use and Market Development
- Policy Research and Capacity Building
- Sustainable Agricultural Intensification
- Training and Capacity Building
Published on August 2, 2022
Ahmad, S., Smale, M., Theriault, V., & Maiga, E. (2022). Input subsidies and crop diversity on family farms in Burkina Faso. Journal of Agricultural Economics.
Le rôle du genre dans l’intensification de la production du sorgho au Burkina Faso: Une étude de méthodes mixtes
Published on March 1, 2018
IDWP 159. Isabelle Dabiré, Melinda Smale, et Veronique Theriault. March 2018
Published on August 3, 2017
IDWP 155. Veronique Theriault, Melinda Smale, and Hamza Haider. August 2017
Published on July 30, 2017
Veronique Theriault, Melinda Smale, and Hamza Haider, July 30-August 1, 2017
Published on January 1, 2017
IDWP 152. Hamza Haider, Melinda Smale, and Veronique Theriault. January 2017