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Slightly larger than Colorado, Burkina Faso, formerly known as Upper Volta, is a landlocked country in West Africa. Its neighbors are Côte d'Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Benin, Togo, and Ghana. The country consists of extensive plains, low hills, high savannas, and a desert area in the north. 
Burkina Faso is a very backward, landlocked African country located in West Africa. Burkina Faso is very poor, Third World, Country, the United Nations rates Burkina Faso the third poorest in the World with large numbers of Illiterate people.  There are concerns about Human rights in Burkina Faso. Sizable areas of Burkina Faso risk becoming Deserts.  Cotton is an important crop in Burkina Faso but variations in world prices mean poor farmers never know what they will get for their crop. 
When Burkina Faso was colonized by the French, it was known as Upper Volta.