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
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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moringa seedlings in the nursery
moringa seedlings in the nursery

Introduction

Much greetings from DNRC family. We are happy to share with you our quarterly report on Moringa to support Kenyan farmer’s health and wealth creation. Our 600 small holder farmers and the 6 schools we work with continue to benefit from moringa tree products. Farmers continue to use moringa powder as part of their nutrition thus slowly improving their health. As they cannot consume all the leaves at home, they bring the surplus to Dnrc where the powder is sold collectively and they get income. We have good news that we got an order to supply 1000kg to lush for oil, so the farmers are really benefiting from this order. Since they are paid for the seeds on delivery, it’s a reward since when we were planting moringa were not so much aware it was such a nice investment. Farmers are now vindicated for embracing diversity of trees. We say thank you so much for your continued financial support which has enabled us to constantly continue supporting our farmers on this project. The moringa project continue to impact on our social strengthening as farmer’s plant moringa together. Also, moringa being an agro forest tree, it continues to play a role in the ecological processes out there in the farm. During the quarter, major activities in this project included: individual farmer visits for moringa tree management, harvesting seeds, Maintaining the few moringa seedlings in the tree nursery

Below are detailed activities on the same.

Maintaining moringa seedlings

Our major planting season being November- December, during the quarter, our tree nursery personnel was majorly involved in taking care of the few moringa seedlings which remained after issuance in the last quarter. Specific activities included weeding and watering.

Outreach and training

Our training personnel was involved in training farmers majorly on pruning of moringa trees for more productivity as well as easy harvesting.

As now seeds are on demand, the outreach personnel was also actively mobilizing farmers to harvest and bring seeds for weighing, recording and payments

Focus for next quarter

Continue harvesting moringa seeds

Train farmers more on moringa planting and maintenance

Propagation of more moringa seedlings

Moringa seeds brought from farmers for sale
Moringa seeds brought from farmers for sale
a farmer being paid for  his moringa seeds
a farmer being paid for his moringa seeds
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Farmers picking moringa seedlings and other spp
Farmers picking moringa seedlings and other spp

Introduction

Happy New Year. We trust your year is off for a good start. We are happy to share with you a progress report on Moringa to support Kenyan farmers’ health and wealth. We must say 2017 was a good year for our 600 farmers and 6 schools we serve and DNRC as an organization. Your kind continuous support to this project has enabled us to continue to plant more moringa trees while tending already those existing in the farmer’s farms. The farmers continue to harvest moringa leaves for domestic consumption and for sale through DNRC. In this case they are therefore improving their health and increasing their wealth.

During the quarter, main activities for this project included mainly maintaining Moringa seedlings in the nursery, issuing the moringa seedlings during November December rains and follows to the farmers farms to advice and bench mark as they plant more moringa trees. Below are the detailed activities taken during the quarter.

Tree nursery activities

In the beginning of the year, we had targeted to propagate 5000 moringa seedlings to be issued to the 600 farmers and the 6 schools to plant during November-December rains. Before the rains came, we had already 6,000 moringa seedlings flourishing in our tree nursery ready for issuance. So we maintained these seedlings through watering and weeding till the rains came. DNRC waits until there is enough moisture on the ground then we announce to the farmers to come and pick the seedlings so that when they plant don’t water because water is a big problem and our farmers are in dryland. Through this innovative way we have been able to attain over 80% survival rates.( see attached picture of our nursery before issuance).

Issuance of the Moringa seedlings

During November rains, we were able to issue to our farmers and schools 6000 moringa seedlings to plant in their plots as they expand moringa acreage. Since we work with 13 groups and 6 schools, we schedule the issuance such a way that each group has their time and date to come for the seedlings so that there is order and efficiency.(see attached picture of farmers picking moringa seedlings and other species)

Follows and trainings

DNRC model is that before farmers plant the seedlings, they prepare their land and holes and our staff follow up to see that is done and train them on farm. It’s during this time we also get to know how many seedlings a farmer is able to plant depending on his or her capacity. So during this quarter, all the 600 farmers were visited and the schools and trained on farm.

Challenges

Water scarcity remain our major challenge and also transport. Given resources, DNRC would love to have sustainable source of water and also a vehicle for transport.

Focus for the next quarter.

  • Moringa propagation and maintenance
  • Trainings and outreach work
tree nursery with moringa seedlings and other spp
tree nursery with moringa seedlings and other spp
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DNRC nursery with moringa seedlings
DNRC nursery with moringa seedlings

Introduction

Once again receive much greetings from DNRC family. We are happy to share with you our moringa project progress report. In the recent past, Market for Moringa product has been growing as people become aware of the huge health benefits of it. DNRC has been promoting moringa among other over 25 tree species as part of biodiversity conservation. Now the farmers are reaping both health and wealth benefits of Moringa through domestic use and sell of extra for income. We are selling both moringa leave powder and seeds. DNRC continue to promote planting, processing and marketing moringa products working with 600 smallholder farmers and 6 schools with over 1500 students. During the quarter, the main activities achieved where mainly moringa tree propagation and farmers trainings on hole preparation to plant more moringa trees. Below are the detailed activities taken during the quarter.

Propagation of moringa seedlings.

During the quarter, we continued to propagate more moringa seedlings to be issued to the 600 plus farmers and the 6 schools we work with. This quarter we propagated 2500 moringa seedlings making the accumulative propagated seedling to be planted this year to 4500. This seedlings continue to be maintained in the nursery and getting them ready for issuance to the farmers and schools during November-December rains. (See attached pictures).

Outreach and trainings.

During the 3 months period, DNRC outreach personnel was busy visiting and training farmers on their farms and also the schools. They trained mainly hole Preparations and maintenance of the existing moringa trees. Also farmers were able to harvest and bring moringa seeds at DNRC for packaging and sale. Another Key activity during the quarter was recruiting more farmers. During this period, 40 new farmers were recruited to join the 600 farmers working on this project.

Challenges

Water scarcity was our main challenge during the quarter because DNRC doesn’t have permanent water source. The last rains were not enough and thus water shortage during the quarter was a big challenge because the nearby seasonal river dried up and were relying on a 5 km surface dam. We use donkeys to fetch the water so this is a long distance to make many trips.

Focus for the next quarter.

  • Finalise hole digging by the farmers for moringa tree expansion
  • Issuing the moringa seedlings to the farmers to plant during the November-December rains
  • Moringa seed propagation and maintenance
collected moringa seeds for sale
collected moringa seeds for sale
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Moringa seedlings in the tree nursery
Moringa seedlings in the tree nursery

INTRODUCTION

Greetings from DNRC family. Once again we are happy to share with you our progress report on moringa project to o support Kenyan farmer’s health and wealth creation. Your generous and continued financial support has enabled us to smoothly implement this project. We can’t thank you enough for this help. During the last three months, we continued to promote moringa tree planting besides other tree species among the 600 plus smallholder farmers we are working with. As the farmers continue to plant moringa trees, the positive impacts in terms of social, ecological and economical continue to be realized. Farmers are consuming moringa leaves for their nutrition as well as selling extra through DNRC for income. As the farmers also continue to plant more trees and in solidarity, more moringa raw materials for processing like moringa oil is increasing and in the near future the possibility of moringa oil business will be possible.

During this quarter, major activities for the project were: Farmers individual farms Follow ups and advice, group trainings and propagation and maintenance of moringa tree seedlings/saplings in the nursery. Below are more details of these activities.

 

Propagation of moringa seedlings /saplings:

During the quarter, we were busy sowing the moringa seeds as well as transplanting them into pots. We managed to propagate 2,000 seedlings within the 3 months. As we propagate them, they are kept under shade net where they are tended and watered to attain about 1 foot before October-November rains when they will be planted by the farmers. We target to give each of the 600 farmers at least 10 moringa saplings to plant during the rainy season.

Outreach and trainings

DNRC outreach and extension officer during this time continued to visit individual farmer’s farms for follow ups and advice. She also organized formal group trainings on how to control emerging pests like insects, caterpillars etc which occasionally attack the tender moringa leaves. She also continued to guide in harvesting both leaves and seeds by the farmers for home consumption and for sell for income through DNRC.

Focus for the next quarter

  • To continue to Propagate and tend more moringa seedlings to achieve the targeted 6,000 moringa seedlings
  • To continue to train and follow ups and especially in hole preparations for November-December rains
moringa mature trees in the farmers farms
moringa mature trees in the farmers farms
A farmer harvesting moringa leaves and seeds
A farmer harvesting moringa leaves and seeds

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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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