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OUR VISION

HEALTHY EATING IS NOT ABOUT
«DIET» BUT IT IS ABOUT
CONTRIBUTING TO LIVE IN A
WORLD WHICH IS HEALTHY

OUR MISSION…

INTRODUCE FONIO IN EUROPE

We want to help improve nutrition with natural and energetic food for a healthy lifestyle.

Green tree on arid land and blue sky

THE IDEA


The desire to innovate, to be a pioneer, to do something really useful... then during a trip I got the opportunity to taste the Fonio. I then started studying, travelling and getting to know the people who grow the grain in Africa. It's a fascinating world, where Fonio is tradition and culture. I had restaurants, chefs, bakers and friends try Fonio - none of them knew it but they all got hooked on this forgotten grain...
Fonio grains in food sack together with other ancient grains

FIRST IN EUROPE


An ancient cereal at the same time very innovative. We first started the Novel Food approval process with the European Commission for Health & Food Safety to introduce Fonio in Europe. Our small contribution to food biodiversity, which we are very proud of...
African farmer stroking wheat plants

FOOD AND ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY


Fonio grows with very little water on arid soils, this makes of it the ideal grain for an ethical and sustainable development. Fonio is an important resource for agricultural biodiversity and support against the world hunger and desertification.
Obà Food Fair Trade evocative picture

Fair trade


With our activity we invest in the agricultural technology & equipment modernization, to support and expand the productivity of the West African local farmers. We sponsor the African agri-business future leadership and the local farmers integration into a global market, in the respect of their own food sovereignty.
Bowl of Fonio Obà grains

QUALITY WITHOUT COMPROMISE


We select only the best organic cultures in West Africa, where the old farming heritage meets modern quality control procedures to guarantee top quality Fonio. Grains are rigorously checked to bring to your table only an excellent and unique product, Fonio Obà.

THE PROFESSIONALS WHO MADE POSSIBLE THE OBA’ PROJECT

The best specialist, from scientific research to product R&D and communication, who believed in this ancient grain and in the Obà’s values.

Andrea Balsano Quality R&D
Andrea Balsano

« After 30 years spent in food R&D innovation, I found extremely engaging and professionally stimulating to experience Fonio. Its outcome as snacks, either gluten-free or conventional, has been really amazing.»

Food Technologist - Quality and R&D
Marina Carcea Researcher ex FAO
Marina Carcea

« I did scientific research on Fonio 20 years ago, as absolute pioneer in Italy and among few ones in the world. Since then the scientific community showed very little interest for this grain, likewise the food industry did… till when Obà recently rediscovered the Fonio and brought it under the spotlight of the consumers for its interesting properties form every perspective »

Dirigente Tecnologo presso il Centro Alimenti e Nutrizione del CREA
Francesca Morandin Food Technologist
Francesca Morandin

« I have been using gluten-free sourdough, of which I got the patent registered, in the bakery of any kind of grain, but I never baked before with Fonio’s flour. it is amazing, it can be easily worked even ith just water, eggs and natural yeast. My preferred one ?... The Panettone made of Fonio ! Now Fonio Obà it is an essential ingredients in my Gluten-Free Masterclass »

Food Technologist, Yeast Expert
Maria Ambrogina Pagani University
Professor Maria Ambrogina Pagani

« I find very interesting having the opportunity to conduct scientific research on Fonio and its transformation processes along the production chain. It is a naturally gluten-free grain with huge potential from nutritional perspective and it can be used to get excellent quality of bread and pasta. »

Prof. Ordinario di Scienze e Tecnologie Alimentari Presso l’Università Degli Studi di Milano
Dario Peroni Marketing Agency
Dario Peroni

« Every time there’s a new food, communicating its existence to the world is a huge challenge, and we’ve taken it with enthusiasm. Fonio has an ancient history, really impressive nutritional properties and infinite uses: a perfect mix to share with everyone! »

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