Mali-based West African Ancient Grains (WAAG) is an agro-processing procedure that prepares to turn fonio into a cash plant to provide an income for farmers in the Sahel region, one of the world’s most at risk areas.Fonio is a drought-tolerant, gluten-free dietary powerhouse that has actually been expanded in West Africa for over 5,000 years, that can be used like any kind of various other grain.Yolélé has actually been promoting the old grain
in the United States because 2017, in collaboration with active ingredients importer Woodland Foods considering that 2017. Under Chef Thaim’s instructions, its usage in products have gained wide distribution across the US.The new JV with Mali Shi SA currently intends to spread the message
globally.Mali Shi SA has the only industrial-scale shea butter production center in the country, in addition to a network of over 23,000 West African smallholder farmers, most of them women.Addressing the UN’s SDGs WAAG has gotten a$1.98 m give from the US Agency for International Development’s(USAID )West Africa
Trade & Investment Hub (Trade Hub
)via Prosper Africa, which will be used to develop a new handling centre in Bali’s resources Bamako where & it will develop and advertise market-ready products.WAAG addresses 11 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.The newly-formed firm wants to create a supply chain that traceably attaches smallholder farmers living in extreme hardship with
local and also worldwide markets for biodiverse, climate-resilient plants via
effective handling. WAAG is established to process countless tons of ancient grains, consisting of fonio, millet and also sorghum, getting thousands of smallholder farmers as well as aiding them increase efficiency by training in enhanced agronomic practices. The task will certainly create 13,714 farming tasks in Mali, and also $4.5 m in collective smallholder sales over the following two years.