Moringa in Mozambique
A close friend of mine, Gracey Uffman, is a Peace Corps Volunteer in Chibuto, Mozambique. She was gracious enough to file the following report highlighting the use of moringa in Mozambique. Pictures from this event can be found on the ‘Lamp Post Photos’ link at the right.
CHIBUTO, Mozambique – Moringa filled the health fair last Saturday in Chibuto. In addition to the normal booths focused on such things as blood donation, blood pressure reading, and HIV and malaria testing, there was, for the first time, a moringa booth. Workers from a Millennium Village located on the outskirts of Chibuto organized the moringa booth to introduce this highly nutritious plant to their fellow citizens in Chibuto.
Mozambicans strode curiously up to the table to learn how to incorporate moringa into their daily lives. Moringa soup and salad was made on-site, and the Millennium Village workers convinced fellow citizens of the nutritional value of adding moringa to their diet. The Millennium Village workers sold small moringa trees for roughly $1 USD and encouraged community members to buy, plant, and spread the word about moringa. Marketers sold bags of ground moringa leaves, and showed community members how to mix this powder into their tea or almost any meal to increase nutrition. Finally, they demonstrated how the seeds could be used to purify water. Many Chibuto citizens left the health fair with moringa plants, powder, and important new knowledge to increase their health.
In addition to the work the Millennium Village has done in extolling the virtues of moringa, numerous community-based and non-governmental organizations have, over the past two years, began to focus on the health and nutrition benefits of moringa.
Peace Corps Volunteer, Health Sector (2008-2010)
September 21, 2010
 Moringa is a hardy, drought resistant tree, whose leaves are believed to be one of the world’s most nutritious vegetables. According to Trees for Life (www.treesforlife.org), gram for gram, dried moringa oleifera leaves contain 10.5X the amount of Vitamin A as carrots, 16.5X the calcium of milk, 15X the potassium of bananas, 8.5X the amount of protein in yogurt, and half as much Vitamin C as an orange.
 Millennium Villages are designed to introduce innovated technologies and techniques to improve community health in rural areas of the developing world, in hopes of achieving the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. For more information on Millennium Villages, please visit: http://www.millenniumvillages.org/aboutmv/index.htm. For more information on the Millennium Development Goals, please visit: http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/.