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Project: Moringa for Health in Mali 

Note: This project is now independent and self-supporting!

The Moringa Oleifera Tree

In developing countries, the Moringa tree has proven great potential to improve nutrition for humans and livestock and to purify water and many other uses.  The tree grows fast in areas where it is most needed.

Project Objective

This project grows and processes Moringa products for local clinics in Mali in a program to improve the health of malnourished children.

Technical Direction

Able & Willing is grateful for the inspiration and technical advice offered by Ed Rau, a biologist at the National Institutes of Health and founder of Sustainable Bioresources, LLC.  Ed now lives and operates out of Hawaii.

The DiaFarm

Mamadou Dia has managed a farm in Mali for many years, mostly from his home in Arlington, Virginia.  His longtime objective is to improve the local breed of livestock.

He learned about the benefits of Moringa in 2010 and started a grove on his farm.  The entire crop was wiped out when a neighbor was burning his fields to prepare to plant.  The fire spread to Mamadou's farm despite having cleared a wide firebreak zone around his farm.

In 2012, he joined the board of Able & Willing, which had also been planting Moringa since 2010 under the direction of Ed Rau.

Moringa Pays for Expansion

As of 2015, this project has developed to the point that it expects to earn enough money selling Moringa products to the local markets in Mali to finance expansion of the farm and more child health programs with local clinics.

The full story:

Background of Moringa for Health Project

Report 1:  2012

Report 2: 2013

Report 3: 2014