From 1999 to 2004, the project “Improvement of fonio post-harvest technology“ was financed by CFC (Common Fund for Commodities) and supervised by FAO.
This regional project directed by Cirad (France) was implemented in cooperation with National Research Institutes in Mali, Guinea and Burkina Faso.
Technical studies resulted in the development of a fonio huller-whitener “GMBF” and several items of cleaning equipment (winnowing channel, rotary sieves,..) that facilitate and improve the processing techniques used by the small companies or women’s group
From 2006 to 2008, European Community has financed a project dealing with “Upgrading quality and competitiveness of fonio for improved livelihoods in West Africa”
This project resulted in the development of new fonio products (precooked fonio, parboiled fonio …) and the design of new equipments (driers,…)
New challenge for the Research-development:
To mechanize harvesting, washing and desanding of fonio and to contribute to transfer and dissemination of technologies (sieves, driers…)