Turning Small African Farming Communities Into the World's Superfood Reservoir


Who We Are

Gatom Foods is a superfood company that empowers sub Saharan African smallholder farmers to rid their communities of poverty and malnutrition and to become leading suppliers of healthy foods to world consumers. Our model integrates smallholder farmers into a shared-benefits business ecosystem.

What We Do

We (1) build nutrient-friendly food processing mini-factories in rural communities ; (2) brand our products (3) distribute via our proprietary regional and international networks (4) share profit  with farmers and (5) provide nutrition education to poor communities. Our first product, fonio, is available on Amazon in the US market.

Our Philosophy

Our philosophy is rooted in Unbutu, an old African tradition of selflessness anchored in collaboration, shared prosperity, and shared responsibility. Our vision to foster a malnutrition-free Sub-Saharan Africa and provide delectable, healthy meal choices to world consumers  can only be achieved through:

• Unbutu in our African smallholder farmers whose harvests are individually insignificant but pulled together they can supply a factory for the economic well-being of their village.
Unbutu in Western cash-rich consumers who use their buying power to sustain poor farmers and fair trade.
Unbutu in Gatom's founder, who forgoes a comfortable Western lifestyle to tackle poverty and malnutrition not only in the farming communities of his childhood, but also in all those of Sub Saharan Africa.

Advisors




National Geographic dubbed fonio "The world's most nutritious grain you've never  heard of".
Key attributes of fonio;
  • Delectable
  • Nutrient powerhouse (gluten free, vegan, diabetic and celiac friendly)
  • Quick cooking(8mn)
  • Fastest maturing grain (6-8 weeks)
  • Versatile (can be used as a side dish cold/hot, in bakery, soup or beverage)
  • Drought tolerant-prime choice for climate-smart farming

 Our Story

I spent the first 20 years of my life on our family farm in the south of Cote d'Ivoire-West Africa. While attending local schools, my seven siblings and I worked alongside our parents farming cocoa, coffee and many produces. Smallholder farming is thus in my genes. In 1990, I left those farming communities and migrated in the US to pursue my education. In 10 years in the US, I turned my life around from a farming boy to a University of Chicago MBA graduate then embarked on an investment banking career on Wall Street. In 2008, I revisited the farming communities of my childhood and the rampant malnutrition (3/4 of school age children and 2/3 child bearing age women have iron deficiency) and poverty (62% in rural areas) that I saw made me wonder: how could a country that produces so much food have its children and women suffer from nutrient deficiency? As I researched more the topic, I realized that the whole Sub Saharan African region has 28% of the world's malnourished children population.  These starking statistics prompted me to devise a sustainable private enterprise - Gatom Foods, not only to address  malnutrition and poverty in sub Saharan Africa by leveraging the rich superfood products of the region but also to provide healthy meal choices to world consumers, particularly the food-allergy (vegans, celiacs and diabetics-just to name a few) constrained ones.


Contact

Thank you for your interest. For questions or comments, please use the information listed here. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Phone
(224) 252-1779

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