Trees for Life – Africa Update

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Kenya

Nanjinia Wamuswa reports in the 9 November issue of The Standard  that a  group of women in Ukambani have embarked on a project to turn hundreds of acres of scrubland into a treasure trove – akin to the tea plantations in Kericho.

The 300 members of the Solace Women Group from Mtito Andei have isolated a plant relatively unknown locally, moringa, whose leaves, fruits and roots will hopefully pull them out of poverty and stem some diseases in the villages.

Solace expects to train 3,000 farmers on moringa farming, develop 20 tree nurseries, establish a processing and packaging plant, create six collecting and curing centres, and open up six modern marketing outlets, in the next couple of years. Already some farmers have moringa plantations of about 50 acres on their individual farms.

The project has drawn the interest of Government agencies and non-governmental organisations. African Medical Research Foundation (Amref) and the Agricultural Sector Coordination Unit (ASCU), a facility that coordinates the agricultural sector towards the implementation of the ten-year Agricultural Sector Development Strategy, have assisted the women to pursue their dream. ASCU’s assistance was channeled through the Innovation Fund for Agriculture and Agri-Business.

Zambia

Imagine Rural Development Initiative reports in the November 2010 issue a plant 40,000 Moringa trees in the next 24 months. A test program has been started to test program to develop the best process for planting a germination of the Moringa seeds. A program of seed procurement has also been established to obtain additional seed pods for planting.

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One Response to “Trees for Life – Africa Update”

  1. Gugu sokhulu Says:

    I like to promote moringa project for small farmers’ benefit. We reserved 10000ha land for our pilot project,we are ready to buy seeds and only looking for the market we will start at KZN in South Africa then other Provinces will be coordinated later
    Your incorporation will be highly appreciated.
    Kind rgds, Gugu(0833944238)

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