Why the Moringa tree?
The Moringa is an amazing tree. Its leaves have 7 times the Vitamin C of oranges, 4 times the Vitamin A of carrots, 4 times the Calcium of milk, 3 times the Potassium of bananas, and twice the protein of yoghurt. And it grows well in semi-arid areas like Melut County. FAR’s Moringa is now sold by a local trader to as many as 160 people a day. We are also supplying local restaurants. Demand continues to grow as word spreads about the great nutritious benefit of Moringa, in an area where 1 in 5 children are malnourished.
What has been done to date?
FAR has to date planted over 5,000 Moringa trees across Melut County in northern South Sudan. FAR has also planted 600 Moringa trees around its four recently-constructed reservoirs in Darfur. The trees will not only reduce malnutrition, they will also form a natural barrier. Animals will then drink from the reservoir outlets and not contaminate the water stored in the reservoir, reducing the violent competition between different groups for this valuable resource.
What is the target?
FAR’s target for this planting season (April – May 2013) is 5,000 trees.
Who is FAR?
FAR or the Fellowship for African Relief is our partner organisation in Sudan and South Sudan. We support and pray for the work of FAR in these countries.