Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2011
The Association of Women Banana Producers (AFPROBAT)
This description of Marguerite Thiaw's work was prepared when Marguerite Thiaw was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2011.
Faced with the problem of child malnutrition, coupled with the sparse economic resources of the women in her community, Marguerite Thiaw has created a series of innovations based on the banana, the main crop of her native region of Tambacounda, in Eastern Senegal. Using everything from the fruit to the skin, and combining it with other ingredients, her continuous experimentation around this crop has allowed the women of her village to emerge as banana knowledge entrepreneurs with a new income stream and new nutritive baby food.
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