Sitan Togola

Sitan Togola

Farmer from Guérékélé, Mali.

Sitan Togola is from Guérékélé in Mali. She has been farming fonio for over 10 years. She and her family have benefited enormously from the partnership with Farafena.

Fanta Koné

Fanta Koné

Farmer from Guérékélé in Mali.

Fanta Koné is from Guérékélé in Mali. She has been farming Baobab for 15 years. She has learnt her technique from the farmers in her village – and is now teaching others.

Maïmouna Koné

Maïmouna Koné

Farmer from Guérékélé in Mali

She has been cultivating Fonio for 10 years. It wasn’t always like this, but life is a lot easier for her and her family these days.

Dounomba Samakéis

Dounomba Samakéis

Farmer from Tébézana, Mali

Dounomba Samakéis from Tébézana in Mali. She has been farming the land for 12 years. Every day brings her and her children new blessings

Safiatou Togola

Safiatou Togola

Farmer from Tébézana, Mali

Safiatou Togola is from Tébézana in Mali. She has been farming Fonio for 10 years. She feels supported for the first time in her life.

Djénéba Doumbia

Djénéba Doumbia

Farmer from Tébézana, Mali

Djénéba Doumbia is from Tébézana in Mali. She has been a Fonio farmer for over 12 years. Djénéba believes in miracles and says the daily work is hard, but worth every minute.

Adjaratou Sangaré

Adjaratou Sangaré

Farmer from Guérékélé, Mali

Adjaratou Sangaré is from Guérékélé in Mali, has been gathering Baobab fruit for 12 years. She sees how she and the community are striving these days and is grateful.

Ramatou Doumbia

Ramatou Doumbia

Farmer from Guérékélé, Mali

Ramatou Doumbia is from Guérékélé in Mali. She has been involved in Moringa agriculture for 14 years. Her family loves the land and she believes that everyone can learn a lot about life from the soil.

Bintou Sangaré

Bintou Sangaré

Farmer

  • Oumar Barou Togola

    Founder, Executive Chairman

    Oumar has Africa running through his veins. He was born in Mali, but also spent much of his childhood in Benin, Chad and Burkina Faso. When you are from Africa you have a deep appreciation for the bounty of the soil. As well as the wellbeing of your people. Both of which put Oumar on a course to bring nutrient-rich African food to the world, at the same time giving directly back to the women farmers and communities that farm Farafena products. A partnership that grows people who grow health-giving food. Now based in Canada, Oumar’s entrepreneurial spirit coincides with his desire to give back to the communities his family lived in. Oumar’s background in business and strong family ties to Mali have been instrumental in establishing a systematic partnership with farmers at the grassroots level, as well as strong relationships with investors and partners in Canada. As founding Chairman of Farafena, he has attracted like-minded team members, all of whom believe that they, too, can put Mali on the map as the centre of African trade….and make a world of difference.

    “When we share a common purpose as people, a mutual desire to bring about the betterment of lives for one and all through food and upliftment, then the light of this world begins to burn a little brighter.”


  • Dylan Beechey

    Director of Operations & Co-Founder

    Dylan is a doer, fixer and problem solver. He has spent most of his professional career in a range of operations roles in the tech and telecom industry as well as managing small and medium size customer service teams. Dylan operates off a very simple belief: the better a social enterprise can do to improve the lives of others, the better we all do. No surprise then, that he came to co-found Farafena, which grew out of an idea rooted in a very simple concept: connect two continents through the power of healthy eating and it will lead to community upliftment. .

    “Anyone can be a change-agent for betterment. We all have the same ability to do it. One voice becomes two. Two becomes four. Thousands upon thousands of people now know about Farafena and what we are about. This is the power of a singular good idea.”


  • Kevin Wilson

    VP, Value Chain

    After 30 years’ immersed in project development, quality assurance and supply chain management developing people. Kevin has bought this collective acumen to bear on designing successful practical solutions across Farafena’s international operations. Throughout his career, Kevin has worked with teams in Africa, as well as the Arctic, Europe, India and Australia. The diversity of regions matches his multiplicity of experience, particularly when it comes to solving complex project deliveries.

    “The food chain is like a dynamic ecosystem. Every part reliant on the system above it, and the one below it. Nowhere is this truer than right here at Farafena.”



  • Jessica Au-Yeung

    Director New Products & Tech Services

    Jessica was born and bred in Vancouver – a ‘rare species’ given the city’s incredibly diverse population. Her background is in food manufacturing and processing. More specifically, her experience covers product development, resource management, plant expansion (the manufacturing plant, not the flora kind), quality management and technical support. But it is the Farafena mission that Jessica loves. The idea of bringing these ancient foods to the world, and with them, health and goodness. And at the same time supporting the women farmers of Africa, their families, and their communities.

    “This company is a win-win-win: for health and nutrition, for women farmers in Africa, and for the world as a whole. See, we’re already making a difference.”


  • Dr. Mamadou Togola

    Senior Account Executive

    Another son of Mali and founding member, Dr. Mamadou Togola has first-hand knowledge of the unique Farafena product range, and has been a co-architect of the socio-economic philosophies of the company. Before Farafena, Mamadou served Vancouver’s First Nation Community as a Health and Wellness Coordinator where he managed health education campaigns spearheaded by the Vancouver Police Department. Further afield, he also worked for the Yukon government in the Department of Health and Social Services. Mamadou’s heritage fosters an innate (and evident) ability to easily interact and establish rapport with people from all backgrounds. Dr Togola holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry, as well as a Doctorate in Chinese Medicine, and Certificates of Leadership in Diabetes Management and Chronic Pain Management. He has lived in Canada for more than 20 years.

    “What can a 2,000 year old tree teach us about good health? What difference will a smoothie made from an ancient plant make to women farmers in Mali? I think I may have some answers.”