Nelly Bassily | January 13, 2014
This week’s story from Kenya talks about “orphaned crops.” Fonio fits into that category.
Fonio is one of the oldest cereals in West Africa, but has not received much attention because of the smallness of its grains. But fonio is experiencing renewed interest due to its delicious taste and excellent nutritional qualities. It is often prepared for large events such as family celebrations. Fonio production and processing in West Africa is mostly undertaken by women.
This radio script is based on a debate produced by Radio Fanaka in Fana, Mali. The topic is fonio and gender.