ZERO HUNGER/ ZERO MALNUTRITION/ GOOD HEALTH AND WELL BEING/AgriBio+Moringa
Published on June 20, 2016 um 17:12
Explain your idea in details:
Research by United NAtions specifically the Food and Agriculture Organization shows that investment in agriculture is five times more affective in reducing poverty and hunger than investment in any other sector. To respond to this agricultural need in order to reduce hunger and malnutrition, we focus our interest on Moringa Oleifera that is a recent “discovery” of modern science. Moringa leaf is best known as an excellent source of nutrition and natural energy booster. This energy boost is not based on sugar, and so it is sustained. Moringa is also soothing. It helps lower blood pressure and is a sleep aid. Its detoxifying effect may come from Moringa's ability to purify water. Moringa acts as a coagulant attaching itself to harmful material and bacteria. The leaves of Moringa are nature's multi-vitamin providing 7 x the vitamin C of oranges, 4 x the calcium of milk, 4 x the vitamin A of carrots, 3 x the potassium of bananas, and 2 x the protein of yogurt. On top of that, science is proving Moringa to be a power house of nutrients; 90 are known to date, with the possibility of more yet to be identified. If that were not enough, Moringa has no known impurities, with no adverse reactions ever recorded. Due to its exceptional environmental, medicinal and dietary benefits, the moringa is a multi-purpose tree whose leaves, flowers, fruits, bark and roots can all be directly consumed. It's nutritional qualities are becoming increasingly recognized and represent an effective solution in combating malnutrition. Our activities will be based on production and processing of moringa oleifera into powder. Rich in vitamins, minerals and protein, moringa leaves processed into powder improve the diet of children and nursing mothers, and can be used as treatment for diabetes, digestive and respiratory problems.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Food is a basic necessity. Nutritious food is a basic for health and well being. When it's absent or scarce (famine), humans need to spend most of their effort to obtain it and if they are not successful in finding adequate food they suffer and eventually die. Availability of nutritious food has a direct effect on a country's development and we noticed that it's crucial to fight against malnutrition. We want to make sure that poeple leaving in poverty are able to afford nutritious food, that will make them able to earn money and help them escape poverty and hunger. Deficiency of vitamin A leads to a blindness of about 100 000 children a year in developing countries. We will offer Moringa with its high content of beta carotene, which is converted to vitamin A by the body, to combat childhood blindness. Lack of drinkable water is one of the world’s most serious threats. Water related diseases account for more than 80% of the world’s sickness. People in many developing nations simply do not have acess to clean safe water. They are left with no choice but to drink and wash with water so contaminated that we wouldn't even dare to walk in it. Moringa seeds could potentially provide a renewable, sustainable and biodegradable material for treating global water supplies. When Moringa seeds are crushed and added to dirty, bacteria laden water, they purify the water. Moringa is considered to have the highest protein ratio of any plant so far identified, with the protein in Moringa being comparable in quality to that of soy. Meat is a luxury most people around the world cannot afford. The body cannot manufacture those eight essential amino acids and must get them through the food we eat. Moringa contains all eight.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Moringa plants, seeds, trunk, roots, bark, bark skin, stems, petioles and flowers powders can be sold.
- selling moringa plants: One plant fetches between €1-3 (650-2000 FCFA) with a production costof approximately €0.5(375C FCFA). It takes about 4-5 months work in a nursery to produce a marketable moringa plant. The profit per plant sold therefore varies between 275 FCFA (€0,42) and 1,625 FCFA (€2,48).
Production cost for 1000 plants:
Construction of protective canopy: 25,000 FCFA
1.300 bags for a nursery: 52,000 FCFA (40 FCFA Unit cost)
20 barrowfuls of black earth: 32,000 FCFA (1,600 FCFA Unit cost)
0.5kg of moringa seeds: 20.000 FCFA
six barrowfuls of coarse sand: 8,400 FCFA(1,400 FCFA Unit cost)
four bags of poultry droppings:8,000 FCFA (2,000 FCFA Unit cost)
tools for a nursery: 112,000 FCFA
Grand Total expense: 387,400 FCFA.
Anticipated income for 1,000 plants sold
Sale of 1,000 plants 1,000,000 FCFA (1000FCFA Unit cost)
Gross margin: 612,600 FCFA
2. selling moringa seeds: one kilo of moringa seeds costs between €30-45 (20,000-30,000 FCFA), depending on the country.
Set-up and operating budget for 1ha plot (1,000 plants)
Purchase of 1 ha plot: 1,000,000 FCFA
Production of 1,000 moringa plants: 387,400 FCFA
Clearing, cutting down and cleaning: 200,000FCFA
Digging holes, transport and transplantation: 200,000 FCFA
Maintenance costs (equipment and Labour): 2,000,000 FCFA
Packaging and marketing costs: 500,000 FCFA
Grand Total expenses: 4,287,400
Annual yield: 1,000 moringa trees (1 tree gives at least 500g of seeds per year)
Sale of 500 kg of seeds: 10,000,000 FCFA ( 20,000 FCFA Unit cost)
Grand Margin: 5,712,600 FCFA
3. selling moringa leaf powder: one kilo of dried moringa leaf powder is sold for between €10(6,550 FCFA) and €50 (32,800 FCFA), depending on the country.
I'm Géraldine KAMANA BIAGNE. Holds a Master1 in Business Communication and Marketing obtained at Advanced School of Mass Communication in Cameroon, I am currently pursuing a Master in Philosophy of Leadership at University of Professional Studies, Accra in Ghana. I am dynamic, effective and result oriented. I have great analytical skills and adaptability. My interpersonal, organizational skills and my sense of responsibility are additional qualities that lead me to entrepreneurship. In top of that, I’m naturally rigorous and have a great capacity for teamwork. Motivated by the values of sharing, exchange and to gain more relevant experience, I had been awarded by Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Program (TEEP) for an Agribusiness project.
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