Sanoussi Diakité

1996 Laureate, Applied Technology
Senegal, Born 1959

Project Goal

Reintroduce fonio, an important and delicious African staple

Location: Senegal

"The machine is an instrument to encourage fonio-planting. Wherever it is used, people start to plant fonio again."

Fonio, a grain famous in West Africa, is often referred to as "Africa’s tastiest cereal". Rich in fibre, fonio is healthy as well as delicious. But for centuries, fonio has had a major drawback — up to two hours of manual pounding and winnowing is needed to remove the husks from two kilos of grain before it can be cooked and served.


Sanoussi's machines operating in eight West African countries


kilos of fonio Sanoussi's machine can process in 10 minutes


percentage of grain that Sanoussi's machine dehusks


increase in fonio cultivation in Kolda in the year after the arrival of the first machine

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