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Moringa to support Kenyan farmers health & wealth

by Drylands Natural Resources Centre
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Moringa to support Kenyan farmers health & wealth
Moringa to support Kenyan farmers health & wealth
Moringa to support Kenyan farmers health & wealth
Moringa to support Kenyan farmers health & wealth
Moringa to support Kenyan farmers health & wealth

INTRODUCTION

Drylands Natural Resources Centre (DNRC) continue to work with the now 700 small holder farmers to promote Moringa trees for the purpose of improving both health and wealth of the farmers. Your financial generosity has been of great help to our work and we can only say thank you very much. Moringa is among the over 30 indigenous tree species we have been promoting over the last 10 years and so far we have seen tremendous benefits. Apart from being an agro forest tree and contributing so much to environmental regeneration which is one of our main goals, Moringa tree has been of great benefit to our community both financially and health wise. Through your generous financial support, farmers are been trained on how to plant moringa tree, harvest the leaves, dry them under shade then powder them for moringa leave powder. The powder is used for both for domestic use and sale for income. Farmers are also trained on how to harvest moringa seeds and de-feather them for extraction of oil for the continuing export market to LUSH Cosmetics. Quite a number of farmers who have constantly used moringa powder as part of their diet have confessed positive results in their health and the awareness of the benefits of Moringa is growing so as the market. During the reporting quarter, the following activities took place: Constant sourcing of moringa seeds to meet the international order of 1000 kgs of Moringa seeds, collecting and drying moringa leaves for the powder, doing follow ups with the farmers on planted moringa trees by the farmers.

Below are detailed activities during the reporting quarter.

Moringa seeds collection for the international order

During the reporting quarter, DNRC staff were very busy sourcing moringa seeds to sale to LUSH cosmetics. The activities involved farmers bringing their moringa seeds to DNRC premises, weighing them and processing their payments for their seeds.

Moringa leaves for powder

During this reporting quarter, DNRC was also sourcing moringa leaves from the farmers, sorting them, weighing and drying them under shade then making powder. The powder is then packed and labelled ready for sale.

Focus for the next quarter

  • Continue sourcing moringa seeds for a running order.
  • Farmers follow ups to make sure they take good care of their moringa trees.
  • Propagating and tending moringa seedlings at DNRC tree nursery.
  • Marketing both moringa power and seeds.
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Introduction

Drylands Natural Resources Centre (DNRC) family sends holiday greetings to all of us. We hope this report finds all of us well. We are happy once again to share our progress report on Moringa to support Kenyan farmers healthy and wealth quarterly report. Your continued financial support has been of great benefit to our work. We can only say thank you so much. We continue to tirelessly work towards our ultimate goal and vision of sustainable and resilient communities in dryland through diversified tree planting and in cooperating both agro ecology and permaculture best practices. Since inception, DNRC has been keen on environmental regeneration, community strengthening as well as financial sustainability and now food security and majorly keen on the right diet for the farmer’s health.

Moringa oleifera tree is known for its nutritional supplement from the leaves. Over the years, we have promoted Moringa within the community and now every household has enough Moringa trees to harvest both leaves and seeds. Farmers have been trained how to harvest the leaves, clean them, and dry those under shade for quality Moringa leave powder. They have also been trained how they can use the fresh Moringa leaves as a vegetable too. Every season, farmers have more than enough leaves for their home powder and sale the extra for their income. A good number of farmers have confessed how Moringa powder has helped them health wise and how they cannot do a meal without the powder. As we indicated in our previous report, we continue to supply Moringa seeds to our international market so each family is making an income from the Moringa seeds.

During the reporting quarter, the following activities took place: Sourcing of Moringa seeds from our 700 smallholder farmers and getting them ready for the international market, close follow ups of our farmers in preparation to more planting of moringa trees in their farms, tending small moringa saplings in the DNRC tree nursery and issuance of moringa seedlings to the farmers to plant October-November rains. Below are detailed activities during the reporting quarter.

Moringa seeds Sourcing

During this reporting quarter, DNRC personnel were busy sourcing Moringa seeds from DNRC farmers, re-drying them and defeathering them as per the order specification. The order during this quarter was to supply 1000 kgs of Moringa seeds.

Tree nursery management

During the quarter, DNRC nursery staff were also working on the watering, weeding, manuring Moringa seedlings in the nursery.

Issuance

During October-December quarter, we were busy issuing moringa seedlings and other tree species from DNRC tree nursery. We averagely issued 10 moringa seedlings to each of our 700 farmers.

Challenges

Water remains our major challenge as we expand as no permanent water source at the site.

Next quarter plan

Developing annual work plans for 2019.

Farmer follow ups on the planted Moringa seedlings

Marketing of moringa products.

 
 
 
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Introduction

Drylands Natural Resources Centre (DNRC) family sends holiday greetings to all of us. We hope this report finds all of us well. We are happy once again to share our progress report on Moringa to support Kenyan farmers healthy and wealth quarterly report. Your continued financial support has been of great benefit to our work. We can only say thank you so much. We continue to tirelessly work towards our ultimate goal and vision of sustainable and resilient communities in dryland through diversified tree planting and in cooperating both agro ecology and permaculture best practices. Since inception, DNRC has been keen on environmental regeneration, community strengthening as well as financial sustainability and now food security and majorly keen on the right diet for the farmer’s health.

Moringa oleifera tree is known for its nutritional supplement from the leaves. Over the years, we have promoted Moringa within the community and now every household has enough Moringa trees to harvest both leaves and seeds. Farmers have been trained how to harvest the leaves, clean them, and dry those under shade for quality Moringa leave powder. They have also been trained how they can use the fresh Moringa leaves as a vegetable too. Every season, farmers have more than enough leaves for their home powder and sale the extra for their income. A good number of farmers have confessed how Moringa powder has helped them health wise and how they cannot do a meal without the powder. As we indicated in our previous report, we continue to supply Moringa seeds to our international market so each family is making an income from the Moringa seeds.

During the reporting quarter, the following activities took place: Sourcing of Moringa seeds from our 700 smallholder farmers and getting them ready for the international market, close follow ups of our farmers in preparation to more planting of moringa trees in their farms, tending small moringa saplings in the DNRC tree nursery and issuance of moringa seedlings to the farmers to plant October-November rains. Below are detailed activities during the reporting quarter.

Moringa seeds Sourcing

During this reporting quarter, DNRC personnel were busy sourcing Moringa seeds from DNRC farmers, re-drying them and defeathering them as per the order specification. The order during this quarter was to supply 1000 kgs of Moringa seeds.

Tree nursery management

During the quarter, DNRC nursery staff were also working on the watering, weeding, manuring Moringa seedlings in the nursery.

Issuance

During October-December quarter, we were busy issuing moringa seedlings and other tree species from DNRC tree nursery. We averagely issued 10 moringa seedlings to each of our 700 farmers.

Challenges

Water remains our major challenge as we expand as no permanent water source at the site.

Next quarter plan

  • Developing annual work plans for 2019.
  • Farmer follow ups on the planted Moringa seedlings
  • Marketing of moringa products.
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moringa trees in the farmers farms
moringa trees in the farmers farms

Introduction

Receive our sincerely greetings from DNRC family. We are happy to share with you our progress quarter report on healthy and wealth creation for the Kenyan farmers we work with. As we continue to work to attain our objectives of environmental regeneration, community strengthening and economic development, we are also keen to see that the 600 households we work with are healthy and wealthy from the products of the trees we plant. Since 2007, the trees we have been promoting have grown to maturity and most of them have formed enough canopies and have created microclimates thus creating a good climate for food production. Moringa is one of the agroforest trees we have been promoting over the years. The older Moringa trees have grown to maturity and the farmers continue to harvest the leaves for powder processing and the seeds majorly for sale for industrial oil pressing.  We have trained our farmers on how to dry the leaves under shade so as to retain the nutrients. The project continues to build our social fabric/ capacity as farmers get trained on moringa issues together and later go and implement at personal level in their individual farms. We can only say thank you so much for your continued financial support.

Currently our international client has renewed the order for our farmers to supply once more 1000kgs of Moringa seeds. This is very exciting to all the farmers as they have ready market for their Moringa trees. Farmers continue to use both fresh and powdered moringa leaves for their diet as a nutritional supplement. Most of the farmers are now confessing the positive feedback they are getting in their health from using Moringa powder consistently. One farmer said he feels better with her blood pressure because she uses moringa powder.

During the reporting quarter, major activities included: propagating more moringa seedlings, sourcing moringa seeds for the market, preparing holes to plant more Moringa during the November rains.

Below are detailed activities during the reporting quarter.

Propagating more moringa seedlings

During the quarter, we continued to propagate more moringa seedlings. This quarter we have propagated 4000 seedlings which are being taken care in the nursery by watering and weeding.

Sourcing moringa seeds

During the reporting quarter, our designated staff for moringa continued to source moringa seeds for the 1000 order for the LUSH.

Farmer follow ups and trainings

During the reporting quarter, we continued to train farmers on how to prepare holes to plant more moringa trees during the coming October-December rains. The farmers were also trained on how to manage the moringa trees through coppicing to produce more leaves and seeds.

Challenges

Water for our expanding tree nursery continue to be our biggest challenge.

Plans for the next quarter

  • Continue to propagate more and maintain the moringa seedlings in the nursery
  • Issuance of moringa sapling and other tree seedlings during the coming rainy season

 

 

moringa tree seedlings in the nursery
moringa tree seedlings in the nursery
sourced moringa seeds
sourced moringa seeds
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DNRC nursery staff planting moringa
DNRC nursery staff planting moringa

Kind greetings from Drylands Natural Resources Centre (DNRC) Family. We are pleased once again to share our progress report on Moringa to support Kenyan farmer’s health and wealth with you. Your continued financial support has enabled us to constantly continue working with our 700 smallholder famers in environmental regeneration, community strengthening and financial sustainability. Since 2007, we have been planting trees of diverse species which farmers continue to plant for multipurpose including for food and nutrition, income and biodiversity conservation. Moringa is one of the many trees we grow for the health benefit as well as selling the surplus inform of powder and seeds for income. Farmers continue to use moringa powder in their diet and they have testified positive progress in their health as they use the powder regularly in their meals. The extra moringa powder is packaged at DNRC and sold for income. Moringa seeds are known for industrial oil used to make cosmetics. We are happy to again share that LUSH Cosmetics-UK are currently buying our moringa seeds for oil extraction. This is a big plus for our farmers as now can get income from the seeds unlike before. Once again we say thank you for your kind support.

During the reporting quarter, we were majorly involved in collecting seeds from the farmers for sale, Processing and packaging moringa power and planting more moringa seedlings in our nursery. Below are detailed activities during this quarter.

Sourcing Moringa seeds

During the quarter, we sourced 1000kgs of moringa seeds from the farmers which were sun dried and packaged into bags for sale to LUSH cosmetics who has a local oil pressing company in Nairobi. The work also included mobilizing the farmers to collect and defeathering the seeds.

Drying and preparing moringa powder

During this reporting quarter, we were also busy drying moringa leaves and pounding them using mortar and pestle for local use and sale as moringa powder.

Tree Nursery

During the quarter, DNRC tree nursery staff were busy planting more moringa seedlings to be issued and planted by the farmers during the Oct-Dec. rains.

Focus for next quarter

  • Tending and maintaining Moringa seedling and others in the nursery
  • Collecting more moringa seeds
  • Outreach and training of farmers.
DNRC staff loading moringa seeds
DNRC staff loading moringa seeds
Packing Moringa powder at DNRC
Packing Moringa powder at DNRC
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Drylands Natural Resources Centre

Location: Nairobi - Kenya
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Project Leader:
Daniel Pike
Nairobi, Nairobi Kenya

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