Moringa is a flowering plant cultivated throughout the tropics, and one that holds great potential in the fight against malnutrition. WOF is pactively promoting the growth of Moringa and is assisting with the funding of farms specifically focused on cultivating this plant.
The benefits of Moringa are many to both animals and humans. The plant grows rapidly in many types of environment and much of the plant is edible. The leaves contain all essential amino acids and are rich in protein as well as vitamins A, B and C and minerals.
Moringa also shows promise as a treatment for Goiter, which we encountered on several missions.
We noticed a clustering of goiters from an island in Bohol during a medical mission in 2006. Researching at ECHO Farms in Ft. Lauderdale, it appears that there is an underlying protein deficiency component to the development of goiter. Moringa supplementation in addition to Iodine was suggested.
Moringa is a high source of protein, minerals and vitamins and has the potential in wiping out malnutrition. It is a tropical tree and can easily be grown. We started our advocacy program in the Philippines and two of the leaders of Moringaling Foundation in the Philippines were introduced to Moringa by us. The Foundation is the national organization which monitors the quality of Moringa leaves production in this new industry.
We started a Demonstration Farm in Porac, Pampanga with a feeding program for school children. Because of limited funds, we now concentrate on growing seedlings and cuttings of Moringa trees in Pangil, Laguna, Philippines for distribution to the barrios.
This is a joint project with Barangay officials in Pangil and surrounding towns. Coupled with educational programs we hope to combat malnutrition. With excess production, Moringa can be an additional cash crop for the people in this underdeveloped country.
Below is a gallery of the Pangil, Laguna Moringa Nursery and promotional activities in the Philippines