80 Female Farmers learn to cultivate and market Moringa, India (Phase I)

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The Moringa plant, commonly known as “drumstick”, is one of the most important and nutrient-rich food crops in India. The plant is a dry-land crop which does not require irrigation or water. It grows in rain-fed conditions and is therefore very eco-friendly and economic. As a long-term crop, it will produce leaves, the vegetable itself, flowers and gum for more than 10 years.

Currently, the farmers only use the drumstick and partially the leaves, albeit the Moringa leaves contain 90 nutrients, 27 vitamins and 18 essential amino acids. This project aims to maximise the market for Moringa by marketing the leaves as tea, extracting the oil, making medicine, and grinding the leaves into nutritional powder. 

In a 2 year program, 80 female farmers in the state of Tamil Nadu, South India will be educated on Moringa cultivation and the subsequent processing and marketing of Moringa products.

The project will be run for 2 years in partnership with AHIMSA (Association for Human Integrated Massive Social Action) who will supervise the progress by regular visits through staff members, provision of material and purchasing of Moringa processing equipment.

BASAID supports this project in Phase I in 2023 with 12’311 CHF.

Project Overview

Project Year
Tamil Nadu, India
Aid type
2 years
BASAID contribution
12311 CHF
Local contribution
Local Project Management
Local partners