Based on a long-standing partnership between Cirad and African research, the Aval Fonio project seeks to pool existing expertise and resources in order to develop research aimed at improving post-harvest technologies and the development of fonio.
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The Aval Fonio project was selected by the African Union as part of its 2012 call for proposals specifically focused on priority Science and Technology actions in the field of 'Post-harvest and Agriculture'.
Even today, post-harvest and processing practices for fonio are, for the most part, traditional and manual.
The specific objective of the Aval Fonio project is to mechanise post-harvest technologies and the processing of fonio by small businesses.