In 2018, Elie embarked on a research project that brought her back home to Ghana and led her to re-discover a nut, the tropical almond, locally known as Abrofo-n'katie or Blofo Nkati3. The nut that she, like many other kids, used to play with - cracking open the fleshy fruit with a stone and devouring the delicious kernel inside - was completely being overlooked. She wanted to turn the nut into the world's first tropical almond milk and other food products. Elie teamed up with her childhood friend Kiki.
Talmond's mission is to innovate with the neglected tropical almond and other under-utilised crops, local to Ghana and West Africa, transforming them into environmentally sustainable, ethical, nutritious and delicious plant-based products.
Plant-based milks represent a great alternative to dairy milk, both for the health of our planet and the health of an estimated 70-90% of lactose intolerant Africans and 65% of the world's human adults.
The advantages of a plant-based diet are manifold, ranging from social justice and health benefits through to animal welfare and environmental and resource conservation.
A LOCAL ALMOND MILK ALTERNATIVE TO DAIRY
Of all plant milks consumed worldwide, the conventional almond milk is among the most popular. Yet it is a water-intensive crop - the average water footprint of 1 conventional almond is 12 litres, one of the highest water footprint values for a crop per unit weight. The tropical almond that requires no irrigation water to grow in Ghana provides a great alternative.
With the tropical almond we are introducing a novel, protein-rich food to the plant-based movement whose nutritional benefits are almost identical to those of the conventional almond, however, much more environmentally friendly.
Our products are made from locally sourced tropical almonds seeds. They are handmade and Ghana-made, adding value right at the source of origin.
At Talmond we know that the trade of most raw materials and food resources exported out of Ghana puts the country, like most West African countries, at a great disadvantage:
The gross injustices associated with a supply chain based on exploitation and value addition to raw materials far away from the country of origin.
Adding value to unprocessed raw materials elsewhere means greater unemployment, an immense revenue deficit and leaves the farmer exploited. Meanwhile, unemployment levels are high in Ghana, particularly among women and youth.
JOBS - EMPOWERING WOMEN & YOUTH
As a Ghanaian, women-owned company we aim to enable and empower women and the unemployed youth by creating decent employment and entrepreneurial opportunities that will help transform rural communities.
Agriculture in Ghana generates about 20% of the country's GDP and contributes to around 50% of total employment.
Mostly the marginalised, living in rural areas, particularly women and youth, are primarily involved and play a critical role in agriculture.
The growth of the agriculture sector is a facilitator of development in Ghana, helping the country reduce poverty and hunger.
By developing the tropical almond supply chain as a completely new agribusiness sector, our mission is to contribute to sustainable and inclusive growth that will help Ghana achieve the Sustainable Development Goals that includes the eradication of poverty and hunger.