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Africa: Winner of the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2013 - A Solution to Africa’s Food Security
Source: Google Alert
Source Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Created: Feb 11, 2014

With 200 million people in West Africa facing food insecurity and malnutrition, fonio cereal is one of the best solutions to improving health and malnutrition. The cereal could solve food security on the continent. However, the husking of fonio has historically been a time-consuming and labor intensive process that has worked against the popularity of the cereal; it takes over an hour to husk a kilogram of fonio.
Diakite’s invention has revolutionized the process. His machine can dehull the same quantity of fonio in less than eight minutes, unlocking the potential of a plentiful and affordable staple food that grows regardless of soil conditions. Diakite’s innovation encourages more people to grow and eat fonio; a massive step towards establishing food security on the continent.
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