About The Foundation
FUNDACION BERNEGALmission is to contribute from the CANARY ISLANDS to the eradication of hunger, the environment defense and the improvement of the position of women in the society
The Foundation also aims to support the technological development of the CANARY ISLANDS, as well as promoting and spreading the Canarian culture throughout the world.
The GOFIO is a flour of toasted cereals, generally of wheat or corn.
The roast process previous to the milling enhances GOFIO’s properties and improves its durability and usage.
HISTORY OF THE GOFIO
The GOFIO has been key for Canary Islands inhabitants diet for more than thousand years.
During times of poverty and scarcity the gofio was the basis of the Canary people’s livelihood due to its great caloric contribution.
CONSUMPTION OF THE GOFIO
The most common way to eat GOFIO is with milk or in the stew, although it is also eaten kneaded or scalded. It is usually mixed with banana.
Gofio For Africa
GOFIO FOR AFRICA is an initiative of FUNDACION BERNEGAL to introduce the GOFIO in the sub-Saharan countries and promote its consumption in children.
GOFIO FOR AFRICA intends to create a Gofio Mills Network in rural areas with enough cereal to supply GOFIO to the local population.
The mills are designed to travel in containers, which facilitates both their transport and assembly.
The implementation of the Gofio Mills Network will be accompanied by technical training programs for the operation of the Mill and strong communication campaigns to highlight the uses and advantages of the GOFIO.
FUNDACION BERNEGAL will develop joint programs with each country where the GOFIO FOR AFRICA initiative will be implemented and will count on the Canary Islands Institutions to achieve the goals.
Gofio For Mozambique
In collaboration with the Mozambican authorities, FUNDACION BERNEGAL is developing the first Gofio Mills Network in the Zambeze River Valley, an area that covers the provinces of TETE, MANICA, SOFALA and ZAMBEZIA (332,000 km2 and 10 million inhabitants, of which more than half are less than 15 years old).
In its first phase, FUNDACION BERNEGAL will take care of:
- Pilot mill design
- Transportation from the Canary Islands to Mozambique
- Commissioning of the Mill
- Training of operators
- Communications Campaign of GOFIO’s properties
- Operation of the GOFIO Mill
Once the Pilot Mill has been successfully tested, FUNDACION BERNEGAL and the Mozambique Government will jointly develop the Gofio Mills Network