Another three months has passed and important news have made all the way from Boukoumbé to our office!
In fact, the women of Boukoumbé have been able to buy four huskers for the fonio production, and they were able to start a real Female Factory, thanks to which they can obtain their independence and build a future for them and their children.
Fonio is a very important cereal in Benin. Although the production of it has been average, and it's existence has been rather discreet, fonio has incredible properties: it is rich in magnesium, calcium, manganese and zinc; it contains more carbohydrates than proteins and lipids, and furthermore it has a good percentage of iron and essential amino acids. It is gluten free, and is very versatile to be used as baby nourishment and for senile alimentation.
Besides the nutritional factors, this plant does not require treatment and this is an added value that so preserves
the surrounding environment and the health food of the man himself.
In addition, it has the peculiarity of being able to draw water and nutrients to 3 meters deep in the ground, so this culture
is great in most extreme agricultural situations. Finally, fonio grows in just 6-8 weeks allowing a quickly crop.
Our project leaders, Antonio and Antonella, cannot wait to go South!
Their journey is scheduled on April 21st. Antonella is bringing a big suitcase full of presents for the children they will be visiting,
and Antonio has already taken contacts with Hervé Kindji, leader of the local ONG called AIDe B-Bénin – Association for the impulse
to development at the Base – who is thrilled to tell them all about his projects for environmental sensibility.
Together, they want to achieve new ways to further develop the project.
We hope for the best and that their tour will be successful and can’t wait for new pictures!