Fonio processing training is underway
Jul 03, 2019

Since 2017, over 110 farmers in Sinthian and the surrounding villages have been learning to cultivate fonio, a native West African grain that is rich in protein, gluten free, and full of amino acids. The farming has been going exceptionally well, but fonio is a laborious crop to process — husking, threshing, cleaning, and drying are all necessary before eating or selling the grain.

This past week, we launched our first fonio processing training with some of the women from the Sinthian GIE. It was a huge success.

“Last year our fonio was processed in Kedougou,” said Moussa Sene, Thread’s General Manager. “But this year, with the availability of our decorticator, and the training that six women from Sinthian received in a single day, the women processed 25 kg of fonio themselves. They wanted to test themselves, and they certainly passed,” he added.

Soon, that fonio will be on people’s tables or in the market, contributing to their food security and financial stability.