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Virtual Africa Days 2020

Virtual Africa Days 2020

Given the current global health context, the Africa Days celebration is taking the form of a virtual event. This year’s event will launch on May 25th and run through June 17th – the Global Day to Combat Desertification.  This innovative, online platform exists to build bridges between local actors in the field, regional and governmental institutions, technical and financial partners, businesses in the private sector and research institutions.

Check back weekly for new interactive content, to welcome the Sahel into your home – wherever you may be located. Enjoy music, recipes and stories for a shared experience with our friends in the Sahel. Below, Senegalese Chef Pierre Thiam takes us on his journey with fonio – from field to global table – as he shares the story of how this neglected Sahelian crop has become a staple in some of the world’s largest grocery stores.

testimonies from the field

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The sahel on your plate

Recipes from World-Renowned Chef Pierre Thiam

Mango Fonio Salad

 

For more recipes visit YOLELE

Pierre Thiam’s new book is available! The Fonio Cookbook: An Ancient Grain Rediscovered (lake Isle Press)

MEET pIERRE tHIAM

Pierre Thiam is a chef, author, and social activist best known for bringing West African cuisine to the global fine dining world. He is the Executive Chef of the award-winning restaurant Nok by Alara in Lagos, Nigeria and the Signature Chef of the five-star Pullman Hotel in Dakar, Senegal. He is also the executive chef and co-owner of Teranga, a fast-casual food chain from New York City. His company Yolélé Foods advocates for smallholder farmers in the Sahel by opening new markets for crops grown in Africa; its signature product, Yolélé Fonio, is found in Whole Foods, Amazon, and other retailers across America.

Born and raised in Dakar, Senegal, Thiam’s cooking style is at once modern and eclectic, rooted in the rich culinary traditions of West Africa. His newest cookbook, The Fonio Cookbook, was published in October 2019. His first two cookbooks, Yolélé! Recipes From the Heart of Senegal and Senegal: Modern Senegalese Recipes from the Source to the Bowl were finalists for several awards including the Julia Child Cookbook Award, the Gourmand Award in Paris, and the James Beard Award for Best International Cookbook. Thiam has cooked for the King of Morocco, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. His TEDTalk, given at TEDGlobal 2017 in Arusha, Tanzania, has been viewed over one million times. His newest cookbook, The Fonio Cookbook, was published in October 2019. Thiam sits on the board of directors of IDEO.org and SOS SAHEL.

Sounds of the Sahel

Curated Playlists 

Enjoy curated playlists from artists across the Sahel  including NAME, NAME, NAME.

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MEET the artists

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