USAID/Prosper Africa has awarded a $1.98 million co-investment grant to Senegalese chef Pierre Thiam's Yolélé and Simballa Sylla's Mali Shi SA, which it says will boost Mali's fonio exports and create 13,700 jobs.
The ancient grain fonio has been grown as a subsistence crop in West Africa for over 5000 years. A new venture in Mali called West African Ancient Grains (WAAG) plans to turn fonio into a cash crop to provide a source of income for farmers in the Sahel region, one of the world's most vulnerable areas . . .
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