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) 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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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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