Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) is a landlocked nation of western Africa. Independence from France came to in 1960. Governmental instability during the 1970s and 1980s was followed by multiparty elections in the early 1990s. Several hundred thousand farm workers migrate south every year to Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana.
The capital is Ouagadougou, referred to by locals as "Waga".