How we aim to sustainably grow the fonio markets and prevent a “Quinoa Boom.” So, what happened to Quinoa? Quinoa transitioned from a subsistence crop in the Andean highlands to an international commercial one in the early 2000s, and it had both a positive and negative impact for smallholder farmers. At first, Andean quinoa farmers […]
One of fonio’s greatest selling points is how quick and easy it is to cook. But like everything else that appears simple, cooking fonio is really detailed and nuanced. For a company like Yolélé, basic cooking instructions are critical. Getting those across online and on our packaging was an important step in our July 2017 […]
1. It’s good for you. Cultivated for over 5,00 years, fonio is West Africa’s oldest grain. It’s naturally gluten-free, has a low glycemic index, and is light and fluffy – making it easy to digest. Fonio is also high in protein, iron, and fiber, and rich with essential amino acids that are deficient in most […]
We’re excited to announce that Yolélé Fonio is now available on Thrive Market for just $3.99! If you’re new to Thrive, don’t worry, we have you covered. Thrive is a membership-based, e-commerce platform where you can find your favorite natural and organic food products at reduced costs. More details on how to sign-up here! Take advantage […]
Yolélé Foods co-founder, Pierre Thiam, gives an inspiring TED Talk on the transformative powers of fonio. The video debut in August, 2017, and has garnered more than 950,000 views.
Fonio is a tiny grain that has sustained rural West Africans for over 5,000 years. High in protein (and particularly strong in the essential amino acids methionine and cystine, which are deficient in most grains), fiber, and iron, this gluten-free grain is treasured from Senegal all the way to Nigeria. Look at it on a map […]
How proud are we that our co-founder Pierre Thiam has been asked to speak about fonio at TEDGlobal 2017 in Arusha, Tanzania? Pierre will be appear in the Pathmakers session, alongside Paul Kagame, the president of the Republic of Rwanda. He’ll be telling the story of fonio: its rich history, cultural significance, and promise for […]
It’s hard to believe that launch day is already behind us. We’re still flying high! Pierre gave out tastes of his cool and refreshing Fonio Mango Salad to throngs of visitors to the new Harlem Whole Foods Market in New York City on Friday July 21st. We sold out of the first delivery pretty quickly, but they’re […]