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Moringa to Create Over One Million Jobs

December 9, 2010

ABUJA, Nigeria—Vanguard Online reports that the Federal Government of Nigeria has unveiled plans to generate over $300 Million in projected revenue from the Moringa plant and create over one million jobs in the process.

The plant which is believed to prevent over 300 diseases and could readily provide the substitute for the chemical, Alum, used for water treatment, which the Nigerian Government spends about $2.2.5 million annually to import.

Moringa Oleifera is a popular plant in the northern and eastern parts of the country, used for food and medicines.

Peter Onwualu, Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of Raw Materials Research and Development Council, stated that, “It is our belief that if the entire value chain for Moringa is fully developed, it can generate over one million jobs and generate over $300 million in revenue for Nigeria.”

Mr. Onwualu stated that more grants would be awarded to researchers and private industries towards Moringa development in 2011.

 Adefemi Olayinsade, Nigerian Permanent Secretary said:   “One key area that is already being targeted is the use of extracts from the plant seeds as natural coagulant for water treatment, especially for the rural communities where the lack of potable drinking water is posing serious challenges.”

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The Honorable Agnes Ndetei: Politician to Moringa Herbalist

November 30, 2010


Agnes Ndetei – From Politican to Moringa Herbalist

Trees for Life is happy to report on the journey of  Ms. Ndetei, from a member of parliament, to Moringa herbalist. Her journey began in 1997 when she lost her seat in parliament.  As part of the process of charting a new life and reinventing herself Agnes moved to the United States where in 2003 she learned that she had breast cancer.

“I was diagnosed with cancer, and it was a terrifying experience. I did not know who to turn to. I called my parents back in Wote — my rural home — and they told me about some herbs that could help cure my condition. I asked them to mail the herbs to me.” Ms. Ndetei said.

Meanwhile she underwent surgery to remove the tumor in her breast. “The Moringa herbs arrived and after I took them, believe you me, I was tested, and the cancer was gone.” she said. Moringa became the second part of her treatment and the one which Agnes believes was the final victory over her cancer.  This experience and her belief in Moringa started Ms. Ndetei to found the Solace Self Help Group in 2008. Ms. Ndetei relates that in Kenya Moringa products have been accepted by the ministry of Health for their medicinal properties. In March of 2010 the Solace Self Help Group was funded by the African Medical Research Foundation to administer the Moringa herb to people living with HIV/Aids.

 In her mission to expand the awareness and knowledge of the benefits of Moringa, the Solace Group, has planted more that a half million Moringa oleifera trees. This action grew out of her passion about growing back trees that have been lost. In desperation, people can’t see past their next meal and have been cutting down trees to sell at any price, not realizing that the price they are paying will be devastating for them. Their “meal today, none tomorrow” mentality brought about by famine and starvation has shortened their vision. 

Agnes has now moved the Solace Self Help Group into the next phase of service to her community, providing water wells. These well are the foundation of her program to support the people’s need for access to water for themselves and their plants. Her group has completed the first well and is now working on its second. The wells will sustain an initial field of green peas and mango trees. Her future dream is to create a permanent funding source by marketing the organic mangoes on the international market.

Trees for Life – Africa Update

November 11, 2010


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.


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.

Trees for Life – Moringa Update

November 6, 2010

Research continues to expand the utilization and sustainability of Moringa oleifera as a plant with amazing benefits. Trees for Life reports that in the past month three research publications continue to show the importance and diversity of the plant.   

Biosorption of Ni(II) from aqueous phase by Moringa oleifera bark,  a low cost biosorbent; D. Harikishore Kumar Reddy, D.K. V.,, Science Direct .

In the article abstract Moringa oleifera bark (MOB), an agricultural solid waste by-product has been developed into an effective and efficient biosorbent for the removal of Ni(II) from aqua solutions. The biosorbent was characterized by x-ray diffraction, scanning election microscopy, elemental analysis and FTIR analyases…. finding of the present study indicates that MOB can be successfully used for separation of Ni(II) aqueous solutions.

Nutritive evaluation and Effect of Moringa oleifera pod on Clastogenic Potential in the Mouse; Promkum C. Kupradinun P, Tuntipopipat S, Butryee C., PubMed.

For centuries Moringa oleifera has been consumed as a vegetable and major ingredient in healthy Thai cuisine. Previous studies have shown that Moringa pod extracts act as bifunctional inducers along with displaying antioxidant properties and also inhibiting skin papillomagenesis. This study was aimed to determine the nutritive value, and clasataogenic and anticlastogenic potentisla of Moringa oleifera pod. The study demonstrated that bMO has no clastogenicity and possesses anticlastogenic potential against clastogens, and particularly a direct-acting  in the mouse.

Foam properties and Detergent Abilities of the Saponins from Camellia oleifera; Yu-Fen Chen ,, International Journal of Molecular Science.

The defatted seed meal of Camellia oleifera has been used as a natural detergent and its extract is commercially utilized as a foam-stabilizing emulsifying agent. The goal of this study was to investigate the foam properties and detergent ability of the saponins from defatted seed meal. The results show that the saponins content in the defatted seed meal of C. oleifera is hight than other traditional Chinese medicines.

World Food Day

October 21, 2010


Trees for Life Salutes World Food Day

Trees for Life is recognizing World Food Day as we continue to support and promote the increasing impact of the moringa tree for nutritious and healing properties. In the last 25 years we at Trees for Life have been an active supporter of moringa in its world-wide growth. 

The moringa tree is very fast growing.  The leaves, seeds and flowers are edible and nutritious, and they can be used in a variety of forms including a wonderful tea. Amazing facts about moringa are that it contains 2 times the protein of yogurt, 7  times the vitamin C of oranges, 3 times the potassium of bananas, 4 times the vitamin A of carrots and 4 times the calcium of milk.

To learn more about the Moringa Tree and its amazing properties, join us at  Trees for Life.

As a note about World Food Day: WFD  is a worldwide event designed to increase awareness and understanding and to promote year-around action to alleviate hunger. The first WFD was held in 1981 and today in the United States the endeavor is sponsored by 450 national, private, and volunteer organizations.

Australia – The Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation planting moringa trees to use for biodiesel.

September 23, 2010

Iron ore miner Rio Tinto plans to begin using biodiesel to fuel its blasts and drilling operations in Western Australia’s Pilbara region by the end of October. The company is now trialing the use of biodiesel made from used cooking oil which has been filtered by the Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation. The corporation’s chief executive, Janet Brown says it’s making around 10,000 litres of biodiesel per week from the used cooking oil in the mining accommodation camps. “A year of negotiating and we finally have a supply agreement with Rio Tinto to deal our biodiesel, made from their waste oil, back to them for their drill and blast operations on the mine.”In order to meet the biodiesel needs, the Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation has just begun planting moringa trees to use as another future source for biodiesel.

Ghana to embark on a national Moringa tree planting exercise

September 21, 2010

Ghana Broadcasting Corp announced on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 that the Ministries of Health and Environment, Science and Technology are to embark on a national moringa tree planting exercise. According to the Deputy Minister of Health, Rojo Mettle Nunoo, it is the dream of his ministry to popularize the moringa tree for its numerous medicinal purposes. He said government has signed an MOU with the Chinese government to promote herbal medicine in Ghana. Speaking at the inauguration of the Moringa Expert Clinic in Accra, Mr. Mettle Nunoo noted that under the MOU students will be sponsored to China to upgrade their knowledge in the production and packaging of herbal medicines. The Deputy Minister said the ministry is doing all it can to weed out fake herbal practitioners from the system. The CEO of Moringa Expert Clinic, Monica Sedalor said the medicinal and nutritional values of the moringa tree are not known by many. She asked government to embrace herbal medicine to complement efforts at providing affordable healthcare. Madam Sedalor called on the public to seek expert advice, before using moringa to prevent complications.

Improvement of water treatment pilot plant with Moringa oleifera extract as flocculant agent

September 20, 2010 reports:

Abstract Moringa oleifera extract is a high-capacity flocculant agent for turbidity removal in surface water treatment. A complete study of a pilot-plant installation has been carried out. Because of flocculent sedimentability of treated water, a residual turbidity occured in the pilot plant (around 30 NTU), which could not be reduced just by a coagulation-flocculation-sedimentation process. Because of this limitation, the pilot plant (excluded filtration) achieved a turbidity removal up to 70%. A slow sand filter was put in as a complement to installation. A clogging process was characterized, according to Carman-Kozeny’s hydraulic hypothesis. Kozeny’s k parameter was found to be 4.18. Through fouling stages, this k parameter was found to be up to 6.36. The obtained data are relevant for the design of a real filter in a continuous-feeding pilot plant. Slow sand filtration is highly recommended owing to its low cost, easy-handling and low maintenance, so it is a very good complement to Moringa water treatment in developing countries.

Authors: J. Beltr n-Herediaa; J. S nchez-Martna

‘Miracle tree’ may help provide clean water to developing countries – Penn State University

September 13, 2010

University Park, Pa. — Often called the “miracle tree” for its potential to provide food, fuel and water in harsh environments, the moringa oleifera tree is at the center of a new effort by three Penn State engineers to provide clean drinking water to the developing world.

The work — funded by a year-long, $10,000 Environmental Protection Agency P3 grant — seeks to optimize a water treatment process involving the moringa seed.

“P3 – that’s people, prosperity and planet. It’s for the developing world,” said Stephanie Velegol, instructor in environmental engineering and a co-principal investigator on the grant.

Darrell Velegol, professor of chemical engineering and the grant’s principal investigator, said, “The idea behind our use of the moringa is this: the seeds of the tree contain proteins. One of them is a cationic protein, a positively-charged protein, which contains a little peptide sequence that acts like a molecular knife. So this little molecular knife goes through the bacterial cell wall and kills it, basically slitting it open. We have data showing that for one type of E. coli bacteria, the moringa proteins not only take the bacteria out, but kill the bacteria too.”

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September 7, 2010

I am working on a presentation to my botanical club, I can find a great deal of anecdotical and testimonials about Moringa  but not a great deal of technical and research information. Where can I find technical information about Moringa?