Moringa Oleifera Plantation

Repression of malnutrition by introducing a food supplement, Burkina Faso 


Context

The food and nutrition situation in Burkina Faso is unstable and approximately 11% of the children under 5 suffer from chronic malnutrition. This is also the case for young women of childbearing potential, causing 18% of the new-borns to have a very low birth weight.
Moringa Oleifera trees develop well in difficult climatic conditions. Their leaves are consumed in many African countries, but also in India / China, used in sauces or as a vegetable (similar to spinach). Moringa Oleifera contains many important nutrients, yet they are generally lost because the leaves are being cooked too long. However, awareness on the potency of Moringa is spreading, resulting in many experiments on its use as a powdered product. 

Initiative

The planting of 5,000 Moringa Oleifera trees and the training of 10 women (1 per village) who will cultivate the plantation and harvest, dry and pulverize the Moringa leaves. These women will also guide and monitor the approximately 250 target families with children in the use of the powder. The plantation will yield more powder than is required for the 250 families. The production surplus can be sold on the local market for extra income. 

Impact

Repression of malnutrition of children and infants in particular, in 10 villages in Burkina Faso (approximately 2,000 children aged 0-7), by introducing a food supplement, which can be cultivated and processed by the target group itself. Sale of the production surplus will generate additional income. 

Project Initiator

Sahelp

Theme

Food Security

Type of Support

Donation

Period

2014

Contact

www.sahelp.nl

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