A man shovels sand in an arid environment.

Burkina Faso

At a Glance

The West Africa Regional Mission serves Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone, and The Gambia.

West Africa’s rich forest and coastal resources are increasingly at risk due to recurrent droughts, rising sea levels and deforestation with large consequences for economic development and food security. To address the region’s vulnerability to climate change and climate-related shocks, USAID is working with countries to improve the management of forests and mangroves, with the twin goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by increasing sequestration and increasing the resilience of the region’s coastal communities and upland systems. Clean energy programming will provide assistance to help eliminate the main obstacles to investment in low emissions development.

Climate Projections and Impacts

Refer to the Climate Risk Profile (2018) for more information.

Climate Projections

Increased/More Frequent Precipitation

Decreased Rainfall in the West, Increased Rainfall in the East

Sea Level Rise

Increased Temperature

Key Climate Impact Areas




Human Health
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Urban Areas


Funding & Country Climate Context

USAID Regional Climate Change Funding (2022)


$4 Million


$4 Million

GAIN Vulnerability


Population (2023)

22.49 Million

GHG Emissions Growth


% Forested Area


Refer to metadata and sources for more details.

Climate Change Information


Incorporating Land and Resource Governance into Climate Change Programming

USAID ATLAS Climate Risk Profile: Sahel_FR_Cover
Climate Risk Profile

Profil de Risque du Changement Climatique: Sahel Occidental

Stories from the Area

Adaptation to water insecurity can create valuable opportunities to redress imbalances in decision-making power between men and women, or between different ethnic and socio-economic groups.
In rural Burkina Faso, most people get their drinking water through boreholes, a narrow vertical shaft drilled into the ground. Women and girls are traditionally responsible for fetching water, often traveling for miles several times a week.
Farmers face more risk and uncertainty than nearly any other job on the planet. Weather is one of many unknowns, and the unpredictability of climate change is making it increasingly difficult for farmers to anticipate what will happen and make decisions accordingly.
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