One of the many reasons that Moringa is known as "The Miracle Tree" is because of its exceptional social, environmental and economic benefits for rural communities.
Native to Africa and Asia, Moringa, or Moringa Oleifera to use its scientific name, is one of nature's most powerful plants. Its leaves are exceptionally nutrient-dense, its seeds bear oil and can be used to purify water, it is drought-resistant and it can provide a year round source of income for the small producers that grow it.
Planting moringa trees is a simple way to improve the environment, fight malnutrition and eradicate poverty in rural communities.
Moringa: the Miracle Tree
Moringa trees can grow almost anywhere - they are resistant to drought, deep rooted and can tolerate a wide variety of soils, enabling them to flourish in even the harshest of conditions. Planting moringa trees in rural areas can reverse deforestation and improve soil fertility.
Moringa is also an extremely fast-growing crop, reaching full maturity in just 9 months. Its leaves can be harvested just 6-8 weeks after planting and immediately regrow so 6-8 weeks later they can be harvested again. Moringa trees are also perennial, so a single plant can be harvested year after year.
This means moringa can provide a year round source of income for rural communities.
The world's most nutrient-dense food
Another reason Moringa is known as The Miracle Tree is because it is exceptionally nutrient-dense - in fact, it is widely acknowledged to be the most nutritious food on the planet.
Its leaves are a rich source of plant protein and fibre and contain 5 essential vitamins and minerals (calcium, iron, and vitamins A, E & K). Growing moringa therefore provides a valuable source of nutrition, helping improve rural communities' food security. It can also be used to feed animals.
Its nutrient-profile also makes it a high value export commodity. Companies like Aduna have invested heavily in building awareness of moringa in the West and have spent years educating the health food trade and consumers about its many health benefits. In fact, Aduna's Moringa powder is now one of the best-selling superfoods in health stores around the world.
The demand that companies like Aduna have created means that small farmers on the ground can sell the moringa they grow, creating sustainable income through trade not aid.
Find out more about Aduna's mission to support small-scale producers.
Read our article on the Mighty Moringa Tree.
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