Corn, millet and rice are three of the staple foods in Mali. The corn (maize) crops are planted in May and the harvest begins in September. Here are a few pictures I took in November of another year that show the corn drying.
The corn is either pounded into meal by hand (mortar and pestle) or taken to a village grinding machine. This woman is drying her meal in the sun.
Here is how the corn is cooked and made into porridge for eating. If it’s served in the morning, it’s often sweetened. If it’s served mid-day or evening it might be salted.
These children are enjoying their corn porridge for lunch!