Economic activities




Apart from gold, the third resource in the country (after cotton and livestock) with more than 1500 kilograms of gold in 1994 and 1995, the basement contains Burkina including zinc, manganese, lead, silver, bauxite, iron, phosphates, nickel, cobalt, and diamonds.

Geological configurations of Burkina Faso have the same characteristics as those found in Australia, Canada, Venezuela and in neighboring Ghana, the second largest gold producer on the continent after South Africa.

To date, however, many of the geologically rich areas remain untapped in Burkina Faso: more than 200 potential sites were identified and only fifty is the subject of an exploration or exploitation.

Regulations in the field of mining investment is clear and very attractive.

Agriculture & Livestock

Drying of Sorghum

Burkina Faso's economy is dominated by agriculture (crop and animal production), which represents about 40% of GDP and is the main source of income and employment for 90% of the population.

Sorghum, millet, maize, fonio and rice are the major food crops with cowpea, voanzou yams and sweet potatoes. Cotton is the main cash crop (73.4% of export earnings). Other cash crops are mango, green beans, peanuts, cashew nuts, sesame, shea nuts and sugar cane.

Performed on the entire country, livestock is extensive. Second resource of the state after cotton, livestock contributes 14% to exports. In 1996, the cattle population is estimated at 4, 32 million head of cattle, sheep and goats and poultry 13.8 million to 19.9 million.



A country with such a strong tradition of cotton could only famous for its colorful fabrics and garments "Faso Dan Fani", made with this noble material. Pottery from the Province of Mouhon, basketry Saponé straw and leather in the region of Kaya begin to be exported. But it is the bronze statuettes, depicting scenes of everyday life that are most popular among visitors to the country.

It is estimated that Burkinabe artisans contribute to 20% of GDP. With such turmoil in the world of handicrafts in Burkina Faso, it was natural that the largest craft fair in Africa, theSalon International de l'Artisanat de Ouagadougou (SIAO), be held in Ouagadougou.