Fonio, Digitaria Exilis, is a staple food in West Africa and has been cultivated for thousands of years. Only now are people in the West beginning to truly understand the value of this grain. It grows in the Sahel region of West Africa and is known as the seed of the universe by the Malians. 



Fonio is an ancient grain which is drought resistant, which makes it an ideal crop to grow in a time like this when climate change is a big issue. It can is a grain that can be used to reverse desertification whilst feeding communities.


Malobi’s has chosen to work with specific female cooperatives in the Northern part of Nigeria. We have direct communication with these farmers and make sure they get remunerated properly for their work.


Fonio is a super healthy grain that is gluten-free, high in iron, protein, essential amino acids, fibre and much more! Furthermore, this amazing grain has a low glycemic index which makes it suitable for people with diabetes.

How to prepare it

1. Pour 1 cup of fonio for 1 cup of water into a pan;

2. Let the fonio soak up the water, then turn the heat down to lowest level;

3. Cover the pan with foil, clingfilm or lid to trap moisture for 15 minutes;

4. Add salt and fluff with fork before serving