|The Courier N° 126 - March - April 1991 - Dossier: AIDS - The Big Threat / Country Report: Burkina Faso (EC Courier, 1991, 96 p.)|
|Berhane Ghebray Secretary-General of the ACP Group|
|ACP - EEC|
|Food aid for Liberian refugees - tailored to the environment|
|Cooperation small-scale energy projects in the ACP States|
|Develop the economy, says the Popular Front|
|A decade to get the better of under-development|
|Structural adjustment and food security in the Sahel: the example of Senegal|
|Guarded optimism for African cocoa|
|Ritual, religion and development in Madagascar|
|ACP - Regional cooperation|
|Culture and rural development projects in Central Africa|
|Conferences on Economic and Monetary Union, and on Political Union|
|Dossier: AIDS - The big threat|
|AIDS - The big threat|
|The current situation|
|The cost of AIDS food for thought|
|An interview with Dr Michael H. Merson, Director of WHO Global Programme on AIDS|
|The social implications of AIDS|
|Reflections on the AIDS orphans problem in Uganda|
|AIDS in the Caribbean|
|The STD/AIDS control programme in Papua New Guinea|
|Where is the overseas aid for AIDS?|
|AIDS control the EEC|
|In search of the magic bullet|
|AIDS and blood transfusion in Africa|
|Addressing AIDS from a womans perspective|
|In spite of regional deficits, good harvest in Ethiopia, EDF projects make an impact|
|EEC aid helps Togolese villagers plant forests|
|The 1990 DAC Report - Focus on ecology and democracy|
|Culture and the arts|
|Exhibition of contemporary Senegalese art|
|The market men of Northern Ghana|
|A Mozambican painter in Brussels: Iņacio Matsinhe|
|African literature as seen through some African authors|
|Film industry takes off in Southern Africa|
|Smallholder poultry development in Africa|
|The couriers mailbag|
|SADCC - Facing the new dawn|
|The convention at work - EDF|
|The gulf war|
The World Bank says that Burkina Fasos economy made great strides in 1985-87, with net GDP growth of 7 % p.a. With this performance, essentially that of farming and export commodities, production growth was faster than the 3.3 % p.a. population growth for the first time.
But the harsh drought that began in 1987 ensured that these improvements were short-lived and GDP has since declined by about 2 % p.a. The main geographical and economic data of Burkina Faso are now as follows.
Population (1989): 9400000, with an annual growth rate of 3.3 %, average density of 29 inhabitants per km² and about 8 % of the population living in the towns.
Capital: Ouagadougou. Other main towns - Bobo-Dioulassa, Banfora, Ouahigouya, Kaya, Tenkodogo and Diapaga.
GDP (1988): CFAF 581.5 billion, as against CFAF 509.6 billion (CFAF I = FF 0.02, a fixed rate) in 1987. GDP for 1987 and 1988 (at those years prices) was CFAF 346 billion and CFAF 372.8 billion respectively.
Per capita GDP (1988): US$ 200. The primary sector accounted for 37.4 % of GDP in 1988, the secondary sector for 21% and the tertiary sector for 36 %.
Food crops: Sorghum, millet, maize, rice, groundnuts and sweet potatoes.
Exports (fob): Included cotton (1990), CFAF 30.74 billion; gold (1990), CFAF 15.22 billion and citrus fruit (mangoes).
Imports (fob) (1990): CFAF 206.19 billion, as against CFAF 194.70 billion in 1989.
Data and estimates up to 1994 suggest an increased trade deficit from CFAF 56 billion in 1984 to around CFAF 117 billion in 1990 and almost CFAF 172 billion in 1994.
Balance of payments: Deficit of CFAF 101.9 billion in 1988.
External public debt: CFAF 195.2 billion in 1984, rising to CFAF 244.7 billion in 1988.
Debt servicing: 15.1 % in 1984 rising to 17.5 % of goods and services.
Health: One doctor for every 55 000 inhabitants, death rate-19 per 1000, infant death rate - 6.5 %, life expectancy-about 47 years.
Education: Primary school attendance rate-32 % (1984), secondary school rate-5 %.