Hanza

Hanza (Boscia senegalensis) is a productive drought-resistant crop that grows on the desert edge. It has a long history as a food in the Sahel, and is known for being a reliable source of nutrients in years of drought. Modern times, however, have degraded the appreciation of this and many other indigenous wild plants in favour of cultivated crops and imported foods. SaharaSahel is fueling an initiative to reintroduce hanza into the daily diet of the nigerien population. Because the plant is entirely natural and drought-resistant, stimulating its use will provide income to farmers and nomads living in its growth zone, motivating them to protect and restore the plant. This way, restoration of the environment will be helped, desertification will be reduced and food security will be improved in a region struggling with chronically recurring harvest failures.