Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in Africa, ranking 183 out of 186 countries on UNDP's Human Development Index (2013), showing little improvement in recent years.  44.6 percent of the population live below the poverty level, on less than USD 1.25 per day (Human Development Report 2013). High poverty levels, combined with the fact that Burkina Faso is landlocked, make the country's population particularly vulnerable to economic shocks such as high food prices, which limit vulnerable people’s access to food.


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