Turning African Small Farms Into The World's Healthy Foods 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 build nutrient-friendly food processing mini-factories in rural communities
Brand our products
Distribute via our proprietary regional and international networks
Share profit with farmers and
Provide nutrition education to poor communities
Our vision to a malnutrition and poverty free Sub Saharan Africa is rooted in Ubuntu, an old African tradition of selflessness, shared prosperity and shared responsibility.
Ubuntu in the smallholder farmers whose individual harvest cannot sustain a factory but collectively can do so and thus provide a better economic opportunity for their village.
Ubuntu in the financially well-to-do Western consumers with an appetite for GMO free and naturally-grown foods who use their deep-pockets to support African farmers.
Ubuntu in the founder of Gatom Foods who forgoes an investment banking career on Wall Street to not only tackle the malnutrition and poverty plagues of the rural communities of his childhood but also all those of Sub Saharan Africa.
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 startling 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.