In Chokosi, the Anufor dialect, SAASU means reconciliation, the core identity of the people and the project. Reconciliation is, in essence, what the project seeks to ultimately achieve with its vision.
In December 2018, violent clashes between the Konkombas and the Anufors erupted between tribal families in the area that reignited an old land dispute, which only reinforced our relationship with the farmers.
Saasu is, therefore, a testament to our belief that fonio can help people not only reconcile with themselves through healthier and more nutritious diets, or with nature through biological farming, but also with their neighbors through shared enterprise and profitable cooperation.
To achieve our goal, we had to address the current fonio supply chain gap in a way that gave the grain’s traditional farmers their fair share of equity and ownership in the final product.
We worked with the farmers to develop a fonio supply chain model made up of FFCs capable of producing enough grains suitable for larger markets that can easily be replicated in other traditional fonio-producing regions.
These FFCs are supported by local FFAs in cultivating the grain and buying up the resulting harvest at favorable prices, along with the eventual redistribution of profits from the final product up the value chain. FFAs, in turn, work with ALANIMA to prepare the grains for distribution at the local processing unit.
WHAT KIND OF FONIO
DO YOU NEED?
The current nature of fonio harvesting within farming communities requires a great deal of teamwork and community collaboration, requiring at least 4 to 10 people to process the grain efficiently (plow, broadcast, harvest, clean and dry the grain).
We thus believe that an organized fonio supply chain can act as a potential peacebuilding tool in bringing clashing communities together by building trust through an exchange in trade and enterprise.
Our intervention into the community is intended to push teamwork further and encourage every community to reach a point of understanding, by listening in the direction that leads to peace.
The premise is that fonio as a successful commercial crop will afford a farming expansion that will require the type of collaboration that inevitably reconciles communities and build relationships, even if only for the sake of economic welfare.