Sanoussi Diakité


Country: Senegal
Region of Impact: Africa


Sanoussi Diakité created technology to dehull fonio, a nutritious grain that can help relieve famine in Africa. In Africa, droughts and poor soil contribute to life-threatening food shortages. Fonio plants thrive in difficult conditions, but hours of tedious labor are required to make the grain edible, so few hungry people tap this valuable food source.

Diakité's machine reduces the labor needed to remove husks from a kilogram of fonio from over an hour to mere minutes, unlocking a plentiful and affordable staple food that is high in fiber, iron, and protein. By making fonio accessible, Sanoussi Diakité's machine encourages more people to grow and eat the grain, helping to establish food security and alleviate famine in Africa.

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