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FONIO (Digitaria exilis): The Crop that holds the answer to the World's Food Crisis!!!

July 24th, 2014

White fonio (D. exilis), also called "hungry rice" is the most important of a diverse group of wild and domesticated Digitaria species that are harvested in the savannah of West Africa. (Wikipedia).
Fonio has the smallest seeds of all species of millet. It has potential to improve nutrition, boost food security, foster rural development and support sustainable use of the land.
Fonio is highly rich in amino acids and iron. It is also very nutritious for pregnant women and children. It is gluten free and great alternative for gluten-intolerant people, particularly those suffering from Celiac Disease. It's medical properties have been proven to manage diabetes and obesity.
Fonio is richer in calcium, magnesium, zinc and manganese than other grains. This grain also contains high levels of methionine and cystine, amino acids essential to our health which our body cannot produce on its own.

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