Behind the Scenes: The Most Nutritious Grain You’ve Never Heard Of
The adventure continues! GLP is excited to share our latest film from the on-going partnership with National Geographic. “The Most Nutritious Grain You’ve Never Heard Of” was filmed on-location in West Africa during expedition #glpSenegal. This short-film explores the benefits and cultural importance of a little-known grain called fonio. Heralded as the “new quinoa,” fonio has drought-resistant and gluten-free qualities, making it a power player in the fight to end world hunger. We’re inspired by this film’s potential to shake up the foodie space, but more importantly, by the potential for this African superfood to impact lives across Senegal and beyond.
So what’s so special about fonio?
“Fonio can grow in poor soil, with little water, thus it’s something you can grow several times in the same year, and can adapt to various environments….Fonio will certainly contribute to the world food supply, which depends on water, and water will become scarce. And small crops that need little water will have an important role in feeding the 9 billion people that we will be one day.” – Dr. Salimata Wade, Professor of Physiology and Human Nutrition, University of Dakar
For more about alternative grains, check out this article, “What’s the Next Quinoa? Farmers, Foodies Revive Heritage Grains” from National Geographic.
Behind the Scenes:
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