Discovering the Senufo culinary art in relation to nutrition, health and local economy

Project Type: 
Country: 
Mali / Burkina Faso
Region: 
Koloko and Finkolo
Status: 
Completed
Donor(s): 
HOPE'87, UNESCO
Project Description: 

The implementation of this cultural project of safeguarding, protecting and transmitting local know-how to the younger generations of the Senufo cultural heritage in Burkina Faso and Mali has led to an enhancement of the Senufo cultural heritage, with a special focus on the preservation of their culinary art.

In order to achieve its objectives, the project carried out several activities. The most important were the inaugural Koloko conference, a village training and research workshops on Senufo culinary art in Mali and Burkina Faso with more than 100 participants as well as exhibitions of kitchen utensils during a day dedicated to the Senufo culinary art in Koloko and for a duration of six months at the Senufo museum in Bobo-Dioulasso in order to provide visitors with an overview of the whole process of preparing meals for the Senufo.

Throughout these activities, participants from Mali and Burkina Faso greatly contributed to debates. The conference allowed the participants to get to know the richness of the Senufo culinary art. Moreover, it highlighted the fact that this culinary art can help improve the nutrition of children and adults’ health and contribute to the local economy development. The workshops organised in Burkina Faso and Mali together with local communities, cultural stakeholders and the Senufo Museum of Bobo-Dioulasso succeeded in raising awareness of the relationship between child nutrition and adult diet, health and local economy. Thus, the project has enabled the knowledge and dissemination of the Senufo culinary art to future generations. HOPE’87 would like to express its gratitude to UNESCO for its financial and technical support.