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Burkina Faso

Located in Western Africa, Burkina Faso is a landlocked country to the north of Ghana. Eighty percent of the population is rural, making a living primarily through agriculture, livestock and forestry on small family farms. Cotton is the main cash crop, and cotton and gold are the country’s main exports. The country is subject to endemic droughts, which along with land use changes, population pressures, and land tenure insecurity have contributed to food shortages. Almost half of the population lives in poverty.

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Gold Mining in Burkina Faso Becomes Increasingly Dangerous

9 November 2021

BOUSSÉ — Terror attacks on gold mining operations in Burkina Faso are becoming a regular occurrence. For VOA, reporter Henry Wilkins looks at the impact the attacks are having on the lives of survivors and what it could mean if extracting gold, the country's primary source of income, becomes too…

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COP26 delegates should address gender gap in inequitable land policies, scientists say

1 November 2021

Women’s access and ownership rights to land and trees are key to addressing global warming, biodiversity loss and the inequity crisis, the authors of a study said in the run-up to the U.N. COP26 climate talks in Glasgow. The two-week summit is an opportunity for countries to scale up their climate…

Orpaillage dans la zone pastorale de la Nouaho : Une entrave à la pratique de l’élevage

5 October 2021

La zone pastorale de la vallée de la Nouaho, dans la région du Centre-Est, a été créée pour assurer une sécurité foncière aux éleveurs et intensifier leurs systèmes de productions animales. Mais, de nos jours, elle est « infestée » par l’orpaillage dont l’ampleur préoccupe. Abdoul Salam Barry, la…

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Prindex - Perceptions of tenure security

Webinar: An introduction to Prindex, 28 November

Around the world, insecure property rights prevent families from feeling confident about the future, businesses from investing, and communities from becoming more productive. Hundreds of millions of us lack property security. This makes the world poorer, less free, and less just. There is a growing…