Fonio is increasingly in demand in specialty markets overseas ©Richard Nyberg/USAID
Fonio is increasingly in demand in specialty markets overseas ©Richard Nyberg/USAID

The ancient grain that could transform West African fortunes

13 September 2018

For more than 5,000 years, the little-known fonio grain has been a staple in West Africa. Similar in taste and consistency to South American quinoa, it is grown by smallholder farmers from Senegal all the way to northern Cameroon. Its resistance to drought has made it an important crop, albeit with low yields and little commercial value.

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