This week’s Farmer story from Burkina Faso shows a women’s group profiting from processing a common vegetable. Our Script of the week shows how women (and men) can harness traditional knowledge to make quality food that not only has healing powers, but brings in a good income.
As the guest relates in the script, traditional mustards (along with other traditional foods) are becoming more popular these days, and there are good economic opportunities to make and sell these foods, even exporting them to Europe and other places. This is a good opportunity for women’s groups, for other organizations, and for individuals working together.
As a broadcaster, you can help popularize traditional foods by researching which foods are being made in your community and by interviewing those people who are operating small businesses to produce and export these foods.
This script explains how to make traditional mustard from African locust bean seeds. The African locust bean is a medicinal plant whose leaves, bark, and root are used for a variety of purposes.