Possessing very few natural resources, the country is dependent on an agricultural economy which is having trouble supporting a demographic boom (in less than 30 years, the population has doubled) in the midst of successive and alternating waves of floods and dry spurts. Furthermore, the country has been confronted with new problems including a rapidly growing urbanization, inflation, cholera outbreaks which subsist in Ouagagadougou, in addition to the AIDS pandemic.
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