Kancolles are a traditional African food, but they are increasingly disappearing from the African continent as populations age and food prices rise.
Now some of those who grow them are growing them in drought-stricken areas to help people who can’t afford to buy the crop.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that a third of the world’s kancs are lost in drought, and that more than half are undernourished.
Many are used for a range of crops, from rice to sugar cane, but also for meat and seafood.
Now a new generation of kancoles are growing in drought regions like Somalia, Sudan and Ethiopia, and they are helping rebuild communities and restore their livelihoods.
The kancos, which are made from the roots of a plant called kaffir tree, are harvested and dried at home.
One of the main ingredients in them is the sugar cane kernel, which can be found in many African countries, including Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan.
Kancoles have long been eaten in many parts of the developing world, and some of the more affluent nations have even begun importing them.
But there is growing resistance from traditional owners who say the trees are poisonous, and in many cases are harvested from the ground, and have been eaten.
For decades, kancols were used to make a kind of bread.
But when the crops were harvested and the seeds were mixed with sugar, it was replaced by a bread made of corn flour and water.
Since the 1970s, people in the region have been turning to the kancole as an alternative food source, said David Pappas, a researcher at the University of Michigan who is studying kancola agriculture.
In many places, people are getting their kancolas in the open, Pappa said.
There are now people who say, if they grow the kacos they will never have to eat anything again.
At least in Somalia, kacolas are harvested at home, but some people have also begun planting them in dryland areas and in forests, said Mohamed Hassan, the president of the Somali Chamber of Commerce in the capital Mogadishu.
Kancoles can last for years, but their roots are hard to remove.
They can be stored for a long time and even become part of the soil in the country.
Drought is not the only reason people are using kancolis as a food source.
The plants also grow well in places where water is scarce.
Mogadishu, the capital, has become the center of an urban agriculture project called “Food for the People” that has provided thousands of kacoles to farmers in drought areas, Hassan said.
Somalia is another example of how a kancome can help rebuild an environment where people are dependent on a single food source and where it is difficult to move to a new land, said Hassan.
Some of the farmers who planted kacols have been given land to build homes, said Ahmed, who was planting kacole seeds in the village of Kibale.
In a city like Mogadishus, there are a lot of people living on the streets.
“You have to go back and find someone who can help you and buy you a house, and then you will live in that house,” Ahmed said.