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Commission Européenne (CORDIS) 2006

FONIO Upgrading quality and competitiveness of fonio for improved livelihoods in West Africa

Fonio Livelihood

CORDIS (Service Communautaire d’Information sur la Recherche et le Développement) Commission Européenne

Titre : FONIO Upgrading quality and competitiveness of fonio for improved livelihoods in West Africa

Région : Afrique de l’Ouest

Code du projet : 15403 FP6-INCO

Durée : From 2006-01-01 to 2008-12-31

Descriptif
This project aims at increasing the value of fonio. We will provide stakeholders and local decision makers with information on the potentialities of this tiny grain. We will also work out, with them, suitable and sustainable solutions to increase the sup ply of high quality processed products for local and niche export markets. As scientific and technical data concerning this under-utilized tropical cereal are scarce and very often incomplete, we will first acquire an in-depth knowledge about fonio. Namel y, we will focus on its biochemical composition and its technological, cooking and nutritional qualities. We will identify the ecotypes with the best agronomic, technological and commercial potential. By developing adapted processes, we will work to improve quality of the local product and to make new products. This should be done so as to enhance regional trade and to stimulate exports of both good quality white fonio and high added value new products . Concurrently, we will study the conditions for improving the competitiveness of the local commodity chain so that fonio can become a source of production diversification and higher incomes for local farmers and processors. We will also evaluate the effects of developing an export market chain on the evolution of the local commodity chain We will promote a multidisciplinary approach involving scientists from various backgrounds : food technology, nutrition, process engineering, mechanization, social sciences, agronomy, ... and we will support research/development actions with a participatory approach involving producers, processors, women’s groups and small enterprises that will benefit directly and quickly from the research results. The project will issue practical recommendations (technical, strategi c and organizational ) to produce good quality fonio products for local markets and high value exportable products, thus creating opportunities to improve the livelihoods of stakeholders.

Participants au projet
Coordinateur : CENTRE DE COOPÉRATION INTERNATIONALE EN RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE POUR LE DÉVELOPPEMENT (France)
Participants : WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY Netherlands ; WALLOON AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH CENTRE Belgium ; INSTITUT D’ECONOMIE RURALE Mali ; ENDA SAHEL ET AFRIQUE DE L’OUEST (GROUPE RECHERCHE ACTION FORMATION) Senegal ; CENTRE INTERNATIONAL DE RECHERCHE-DÉVELOPPEMENT SUR L’ELEVAGE EN ZONE SUBHUMIDE Burkina Faso ; INSTITUT DE RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE DE GUINÉE Guinea

Budget
Coût total : EUR 1 238 100
Contribution UE : EUR 900 000

Présentation : Commission Européenne

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