Uploaded on Mar 31, 2010
Africa boasts with some of the most beautiful cultures and landscapes in the world, but it also has
millions of people hungry for opportunity to break away from socio-economic concerns like poverty,
HIV/AIDS and unemployment in rural communities. The Moringa HOPE project aims to address
these social-economic problems using an easily implemented and self-sustainable plan to address
Health, Opportunity for growth, Poverty alleviation and Economic development. We propose the
plantation of Moringa oleifera trees in small, community-managed farms. Moringa trees are entirely
edible and have above average nutritional content. In addition, it produces seed with high oil
content that have been shown to be suitable for biofuel production. Moringa trees are easily
cultivated in sub-tropical climates of the Kwa-Zulu Natal, Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces of
South Africa. Trade of Moringa products hold lucrative rewards, because products like leaf powder
and purified Moringa oil have high market values. We also propose a strategy to use Moringa oil for
biofuel production that could supply some, if not all, of the communitys energy requirements.
Because of dwindling fossil fuel reserves and high fuel prices, alternative sources for fuel production
are needed. Moringa is a renewable source for such fuel and, unlike soy, maize and sugarcane, the
use of Moringa oil for biofuel production will not influence food reserves. Also, Moringa can be
planted on marginal lands, thus not influencing current land usage for food production in rural areas.
Further benefits of Moringa that will be exploited in our business plan include water-purification
properties of the seeds and highly nutritious fodder for livestock. We firmly believe this miracle
tree will provide a simple solution to some complex issues.
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