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Burkina Faso

Despite significant mineral deposits, Burkina Faso remains one of the poorest countries in the world. Agriculture is the mainstay of the economy; more than three million people, mainly subsistence farmers, depend on cotton production for their income whilst a further three million are involved in the industry. Such is the value of cotton to the economy that the government has joined with other cotton producing countries to lobby for improved access to western markets.
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