• 2011-05-06 •
"Producing and processing Moringa leaves" to download
You can download from this website the handbook "Producing and processing Moringa leaves", published by Moringanews, MAG and CTA. You will find it in the Document section, under the themes Leaf production, Leaf processing or Nutrition.

You can also order the printed version by sending a mail to
• 2010-05-27 •
Finally a manual on moringa leaf production and processing!
Moringanews and the Moringa Association of Ghana (MAG) have just published "Growing and processing moringa leaves", an illustrated guidebook of 67 pages containing the following chapters: Cultivation; Harvesting and transportation; Processing the leaves; Packaging and Storage; Using moringa leaves for nutrition. In the Document section of the website, you can find the cover and presentation of the book, which is distributed by CTA (through subscription, form on the website, Document section, under Partnerships), by Moringanews and by the MAG. The book was produced with the support of CDE ( and CTA (
• 2010-02-04 •
Moringa leaf powder standards published!
The Ghana Standard Board, in collaboration with the Moringa Association of Ghana (MAG) and Moringanews, and with the financial support of the Center for Development of Enterprise ( has established and published the standards for Moringa leaf powder. The standards, together with a code of good practices and an inspection guide, are meant to guaranty the good sanitary and nutritional status of the product. They can be adopted by other countries. To acquire them, contact the MAG or the Ghana Standard Board.

GSB: Mrs Elizabeth Adetola
Standards Development Dept.
Ghana Standards Board
P.O.Box AH 920
Ghana .

Mr Godfred Dosu:
Mr Mozart Adevu:
• 2008-10-22 •
Moringanews and Slow Food
Moringanews will be at the Slow Food Terra Madre Forum in Torino (Italy), form october 23 to 26, 2008. Moringa will be presented in partnership with the associations Tamina 2000 and Akadi from Mali.
• 2008-09-23 •
Moringa article in the Christian Science Monitor
An article about Moringa written by Vijaysree Venkatraman appeared in the Christian Science Monitor on September 19, 2008, and quotes include references to Lamine Diakite, a Red Cross official in Guinea, to Lowell Fuglie, to Jed Fahey, to Martin Price, and to Mark Olson. It emphasizes the need for more clinical studies to obtain acceptence of Moringa as a nutritional food supplement among the international scientific community. See the article on the website:

Lowell Fuglie
• 2008-06-18 •
Press release: Moringa and the food crisis


The Food Crisis
Moringa’s Green Superfoods Revolution

Moringa: a small, fast-growing tree found in all tropical regions. Its leaves are among the world’s richest vegetables. It is a plantfood of high nutritional value, ecologically and economically beneficial and readily available in the countries hardest hit by the food crisis. It is therefore urgent that the barriers preventing the development of this “green superfood” be removed.

Moringa, a green “superfood”
The leaves of Moringa, this small tree found in the tropics, were recently identified by the World Vegetable Center (Taiwan) as the vegetable with the highest nutritional value among 120 types of food species studied. Easy to cultivate and resistant to drought, this tree produces abundant leaves with a high concentration of proteins, vitamins, and minerals: 100 grams of fresh Moringa leaves provide the same amount of protein as an egg, as much iron as a steak, as much Vitamin C as an orange, and as much calcium as a glass of milk.

Moringa grows throughout the developing world and has already been used by programs to reduce child malnutrition in India. Its dried leaves, in powder form, can be easily preserved and used. Eating 30 grams a day, a child can satisfy all his daily requirement of Vitamin A, 80% of daily calcium needs, 60% of daily iron needs, and nearly 40% of protein needs.

Given the world food crisis, the use of local resources like Moringa is critical to reduce the dependence of developing countries on imported goods, and to improve nutrition among poor households. Two or three trees in a courtyard are sufficient for the needs of one family. Ben, a chauffeur in Burkina Faso, understands the advantages that Moringa offers: “As I don’t have any land, I grow it in containers on my balcony,” he explains. The production of fresh or dried leaves is also a very profitable activity for growers in developing countries, allowing up to eight harvests per year with minimal investment.

Developping this resource
For the past 20 years, Armelle de Saint Sauveur has promoted this plant in Africa, making her known as “Mrs. Moringa”. Through the association that she founded, Moringanews, she organizes international symposiums, leads research, and organizes projects in the field. Her “must-see” website: offers free information and serves as a platform of exchange to the members of an ever-growing network spanning the globe.

But despite the proliferation of public and private initiatives on Moringa, state-sponsored and UN-related programs have not gotten involved, and the funding is almost non-existent. There are only a few organizations that have supported this development in recent years. Among them, two European institutions: the Centre for Enterprise Development (CDE) and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), and, more recently, the L’Occitane Foundation.

The L’Occitane Foundation and Moringanews are working together to support a group of women from Burkina Faso in the production of Moringa in powder form, aimed at the local market. Partnerships are currently being negotiated in an effort to sell the product to organizations and small-medium size businesses that work on malnutrition among mothers and children.

In fact, African businesses that manufacture baby formula or nutritional supplements are becoming increasingly interested in Moringa leaf powder: it is a cheap resource which could allow them to enrich their products with micronutrients. But regulatory barriers prevent the commercialization of these enriched products, while the number of patents on the uses of Moringa is growing in the United States, China, and in Europe.

The current food crisis is proof that export-led agriculture is a wrong option for countries with few resources. At the same time, the poorest cannot afford animal-based proteins. It is therefore urgent for developing countries to rapidly switch to using local resources, including Moringa, whose exceptional nutritional value and accessibility make it a clear choice.

The main current need is for the financing of information campaigns, the publishing of a practical guide on the cultivation, processing, and use of Moringa leaves, and certification of the leaf powder as a food, a critical step to enable large-scale commercialization in Africa.
• 2008-03-27 •
Body Shop launches a Moringa bath and body range
The cosmetic company Body Shop (belonging to L'Oréal) has just launched a Moringa bath and body range. Moringa is presented as a "miracle of hydratation" on the big advertisement posters placed on the shops windows. Packaging shows white flowers. The origin of the Moringa oil is not indicated (no mention of fair trade). This is the first world wide advertisement campaign on a Moringa product.
• 2008-01-14 •
Ghana: towards certification of Moringa leaf powder
In Ghana, Moringa leaf powder is very much on fashion, and certifying it becomes necessary to avoid adulterated or bad quality products. Moringanews has been working with the Moringa Association of Ghana to define product standards and a code of good practices, from production to processing, packaging and trade. The Ghana Food Research Intitute still needs to look at moisture content, drying temperature and shelf life. We hope to get the product certified as a food by the Ghana Standard Board and Food and Drug Board, with the support of the Centre for Development of Enterprise (CDE).
• 2007-10-25 •
Moringa Burkina Network
A Moringa network was created in Burkina Faso on October, 6th, 2007. The founding assembly gathered more than 15 associations involved in environment, education, agriculture, health, etc. 5 members of the network participated to the International Phytotherapy Congres of Ouagadougou held from 8 to 11 October, 2007. It appeared that Moringa was very much used in traditional pharmacology.
Louis Omer KAMBOU
Association Moringa Burkina (AMB)
S/c 01 BP 6470 Ouagadougou 01
Tel: (00226)
Burkina Faso (West Africa)
• 2007-06-26 •
Blog on agricultural biodiversity
Here is an interesting blog whose authors browse the scientific media and african dailies on subjects that may be of interest to you, from african medicinal plants to casava virus, biotechnologies or indigenous knowldege.
• 2007-06-26 •
Papers on African Leafy Vegetables
The African Journal of Food Agriculture Nutrition and Development, published in Nairobi, has recently issued a special volume on African Leafy Vegetables, after the meeting held in Nairobi in December 2005 (see News). Papers are available online on:
• 2007-06-26 •
Certification for export
CTA and FAO have published a guidebook in French to help West African producers and exporters to meet EU, USA and Japan standards. Organic and fair trade certification are described, among others. Links and addresses are also included. CTA n°1323, to oder on (only in French)
• 2007-06-26 •
Setting up and running a school garden
Moringa is a great plant to introduce in school gardens: it is easy to manage, fast growing and very nutricious. If you want some simple and clear guidelines to establish a shcool garden, look at the FAO manual:Setting up and running a school garden
• 2007-06-26 •
Telefood, a FAO fund for microprojects on food
Local associations can apply to funds for small projects (<10,000 USD) contributing to the improvement of human nutrition through agriculture and animal production. School gardens, processing and marketing of products, income generating activities are concerned. contact your local FAO or UNDP office, or visit (clic on telefood on the right side of the page), or download the guidelines and application form on Moringanews, section Documents, theme Partnerships.
• 2006-12-14 •
International Conference on Indigenous Vegetables and Legumes
AVRDC-The World Vegetable Center, the International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI), the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) are jointly organizing this first international conference on indigenous vegetables and legumes, entitled: "International Conference on Indigenous Vegetables and Legumes : Prospects for Fighting Poverty, Hunger and Malnutrition".
More information on:

• 2006-10-30 •
Moringanews organises an international workshop on Moringa and nutrition in Africa, in Accra, Ghana, from November 16th to 18th, 2006
The Moringa tree is becoming increasingly popular throughout the world, with regards to the very high potential of its leaves, which are particularly rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals, for Human nutrition. The tree, widespread in Africa where it is used as living fences and as a source of food and folk medicine, first attracted the attention of a number of scientists, before being widely adopted by NGOs in their nutritional programs in Africa and Asia.
The use of Moringa leaves in enriched food preparations to prevent and cure malnutrition should expand in the future, as international organisations involved in food security (Helen Keller International, World Vision, Oxfam, etc.) become more aware of their properties and start using it.
In addition, Asian and American firms have started to trade dry leaf powder and leaf juice as dietary supplements, a market in full expansion amongst middle and high classes across all continents, including Africa.
In this context, it is high time to address the main constraints (in terms of production, processing and regulation) that hinder the commercial development of Moringa leaf-derived products on the regional and international markets.
In this view, the Moringanews network, a worldwide reference on Moringa with over 500 members throughout the world and more than 3000 monthly visits on its website (, is organising an international workshop:
“Moringa and other highly nutritious plant resources: Strategies, standards and markets for a better impact on nutrition in Africa”
The workshop will focus on key issues for the development of the use of Moringa leaves:
• Leaf production systems as a cash crop;
• Use of Moringa for medically controlled nutritional recovery;
• Use of Moringa and other leafy vegetables to prevent malnutrition;
• Market development of dietary supplements based on leafy vegetables in Africa;
• Efficient communication about Moringa potential and ways to promote it.
The workshop will be held in Accra, Ghana, from November 16th to 18th 2006, and will gather 60 selected participants (on invitation) from 4 continents (Africa, Asia, Europe, America) and 21 countries. Participants are:
• Private companies manufacturing and/or trading processed food products and dietary supplements, already incorporating or interested in incorporating Moringa leaves in their products;
• Nutritional and agricultural scientists;
• Rural NGOs and farmers associations involved in the production, processing, trade and promotion of Moringa leaves;
• International NGOs and institutions.
The Workshop is supported financially by two European Development Fund organisations: the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA, Wageningen), and the Centre for the Development of Enterprise (CDE, Brussels), with a contribution by the Global Facilitation Unit for Underutilized Species at the International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI), Rome.
Daily digests of the workshop will be posted on the website, in the "news" section.

For more information, please contact:
Armelle DE SAINT SAUVEUR, Scientific Director, Moringanews:
Mélanie BROIN, Communication and Press Relations, Moringanews:
• 2006-09-25 •
New documents on Moringanews
In 2005 and 2006, thanks to the support of CTA (Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation) and CDE (Centre for the Development of Enterprise), Moringanews carried out, with the help of some network members, research on the production and trade of Moringa leaves. You can find this information in the item documents/documents to download/theme "leaf production" and "economic data". Have a good reading and do not hesitate to react!
• 2006-05-03 •
Revision of the Novel Food Regulation : the case of traditional foods
On the website, you can get information on the on-going negociations to allow traditional foods to be exported to Europe without falling under the "Novel food" regulation (GMO are part of Novel Foods).

“Workshop on the revision of the Novel Food Regulation (NFR)• Views and experiences regarding traditional foods •”
Click on Novel Foods in Top Topics, bottom right of the page.
• 2006-02-22 •
A doctoral thesis on the potential of Moringa oleifera as a fodder
A doctoral thesis has just been published by Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, the journal of the Agricultural University of Uppsala, in Sweden. Title: "Moringa oleifera and Cratylia argentea: Potential Fodder Species for Ruminants in Nicaragua". The author, Nadir Reyes Sanchez, kindly sent us his thesis and one of his publications. You can download them from the "Document" section of this website.
To order the thesis, the distributor's address is: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of animal Nutrtional and Management, SE-750 07, Uppsala, Sweden.
Book references:
ISSN 1652-6880
ISBN 91-576-7050-1
• 2006-02-16 •
A new journal on line: Trees for Life Journal
The American NGO Trees for Life has launched last month a new journal on line, to exchange information on beneficial plants and trees. The journal wants to be a platform to bring together traditional and scientific knowledge.
The first issue contains very interesting articles on Moringa:

Moringa oleifera: A Review of the Medical Evidence for Its Nutritional, Therapeutic, and Prophylactic Properties. Part 1.
Jed W. Fahey, Sc.D.

Social Marketing: A Baseline Survey Report of District Bargarh, Orissa
B. R. Poonia

Plant Foods as Sources of Pro-Vitamin A: Application of a Stable Isotope Approach to Determine Vitamin A Activity
Michael A. Grusak, Ph.D.

To download at:
• 2005-12-01 •
A conference on African Leafy Vegetables
A conference is organised in Nairobi from December 6th to 9th to present the results of an IPGRI led program involving 12 African countries and 40 organisations working on African leafy vegetables.MORINGANEWS will present some research on Moringa leaves that we did in 2005 with the support of CTA. These results will be accessible on this website in a couple of weeks.
• 2005-12-01 •
Applied research on water treatment
Dr. Suleyman Aremu Muyibi, a Nigerian scientist working in Malaisia, is doing research on water treatment with Moringa. You can find his latest publications and a general presentation of his work in the "documents" section of this website. His details are in the members' directory.
• 2005-12-01 •
Documents on nutricious leaves
On "Leaf for Life" website, you can find documents on the processing and use of leafy vegetables with nutritional potential.
• 2005-08-31 •
Enriching traditional meals and baby food with Moringa leaf powder (Mexico)
The project deals with fortification of canned (and hopefully vacuum packed) traditional Mexican meals, and baby food (heat-treated in glass jars) using dehydrated moringa leaf powder. The research team, leaded by Mr Hector Ruiz M.Sc., is studying the sensory acceptability of moringa leaves introduced in several local dishes. Based on these results they are going to go with the most accepted products (maybe 2 or 3 of them) to do the shelf life and processing studies.
Hector Ruiz M.Sc.
Food Engineering Coordinator
Chemical Engineering Department
Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla, Mexico
Héctor Ruiz Espinosa:
• 2005-06-06 •
Leafy vegetables
Leafy vegetables have assets and uses that are very close to those of Moringa leaves. You can find interesting information and links on this theme in the journal Spore (CTA), that you can read on line at (P. 3 and 10).
You can also find a presentation about the Kenyan experience in giving a better value to leafy vegetables, on the website (on the home page, click on Chennai consultation, then on presentations).
• 2005-05-02 •
PhD thesis published on water treatment with Moringa
• 2006-02-23 •
European regulation on new food products
You can find a very interesting paper on the European Union regulations on new food products at the following address:
This paper gives a good insight on the situation that Moringa leaf products are facing as exports to Europe. This situation is likely to evolve, as you will read in the paper.
We advise you to visit the website, it will certainly be of a high interest for many of you.
You can open this site with a click on the "links" section of Moringanews.
• 2006-02-23 •
Social communication in nutrition
"Social communication in nutrition: a methodology for intervention"
This is a very usefull guidebook for your projects concerning Moringa leaves and nutrition. You can find it at this address:
The book is free to download. You can also buy it on the the FAO interactive catalogue for 27$.(

• 2005-03-09 •
Dry Moringa leaf powder used in a national program against malnutrition.
Dry Moringa leaf powder has been used in the supplementary feeding program of the Intergated Child Development Scheme in India, which is a National program. The success of this introduction is documented in a publication:

Vanisha S. Nambair, Kalyani Bhadalkar and Meghna Daxini (2003). Drumstick leaves in the ICDS-SFP. Indian Journal of Peadiatrics.70 (5):11-15.

Indian nutritonists have also published several articles demonstrating the efficiency of Moringa leaf powder, particularly against vitamin A deficiency (VAD):

Subadra Seshadri and Vanisha S Nambiar (2003). Kanjero (Digera arvensis) and Drumstick leaves (Moringa oleifera): Nutrient profile and potential for Human consumption. In: plants in Human Health and Nutrition policy. World Review of Nutrition and Dietetics. Basel, Karger. Vol 91: 41-56.

 Vanisha S. Nambiar, Meghna Daxini and Kalyani Bhadalkar (2003). Nutritional and sensory evaluation of shade dried beta-carotene rich drumstick leaf (Moringa oliefera) recipes. Indian Food Packer. Vol 57 (6):156-161

 Vanisha S. Nambiar and Subadra Seshadri (2001). Bioavailability of beta carotene from fresh and dehydrated drumstick leave s in a rat model. Journal of Plant Foods for Human Nutrition, Vol. 56, No. 1, 2001, pp 83-95.

 Vanisha S. Nambiar and Subadra Seshadri (2001). Retention of total and beta carotene from fresh radish leaves in steamed, sautéed and baked products of Western India. Journal of Food and Science and Technology. Vol 38 (5): 458-461.

 Vanisha S. Nambiar and Subadra Seshadri(1998). Beta carotene content of green leafy vegetables of Western India by HPLC. Journal of Food Science and Technology. 35 (4): 365-367.

These publications can be downloaded from websites of the respective journals. Two abstracts are available in the section "document" of

• 2005-05-02 •
AVRDC-The World Vegetable Center works on Moringa
AVRDC is involved in germplasm evaluation and cultural practices for leaf and pod production of moringa oleifera.
For more information, see Manuel Palada's article in the item "documents" of this website, and visit AVRDC's website at:

• 2005-02-15 •
Selling of the company Optima's activities
The company Optima of Africa, in Tanzania, and the company Optima environment S.A. in Switzerland are in the process of selling their assets and activities. These companies had been created to exploit the flocculent and the oil of Moringa seeds. After contacting Optima's director, Mr Lars Moeller, we can give you his official update on the situation:
"Optima developed, built, financed and managed an entirely new Moringa based business, practically all by itself. The activities involved everything, including the initial Moringa farming development, seed collection, local processing of oil, press cakes and other residuals, R&D of proprietary Moringa protein bio-tech technologies, production of such proteins and global sales development of all these Moringa products and technologies. As things evolved - the entire Supply Chain of all these activities became too much to handle, both in terms of management and financing, for a relatively young and small start-up company.

"As Optima did not manage to find any appropriate partners or sponsors to support all these developments, the only solution to ensure a continuation of the entire Moringa program was to invite competent and capable investors to take over parts of Optima's different Moringa activities.

"Consequently, Optima has sold, and is still in the process of selling, separate parts of its various assets and activities, to selected parties who would have better means and specific expertize to carry on Optima's various Moringa activities. These parties, acquiring parts of Optima's various business, will certainly make their own public announcements about that, when they feel being ready to do so.

"After having sold all its assets and related activities and, thereby being sure that the original Moringa program will continue, Optima might likely close down it's own companies in Europe and Tanzania. That closing will be done by a volontary decision and Optima will respectfully honor any single creditor before closing any company.

"Optima's visions, ideas and efforts to develop new Moringa based activities were justifed, correct and successful by themselves. The obstacle for Optima's own success in doing that was the lack of external support and available partners to provide Optima with the support needed to manage and finance all the developments involved."

• 2005-01-20 •
A US company sells a Moringa leaf health drink
The American company Zija a has started a few weeks ago to sell a health drink made of Moringa leaves. This product is sold exclusively through distributors on the Internet.
(Zija has no connexion with Trees for Life, CWS or PROPAGE).
• 2005-01-14 •
A new use of Moringa seed proteins in cosmetics
How plant proteins protect hair from environmental pollution - Puricare LS 9658 from Laboratoires Sérobiologiques
In the context of its „Hair and Pollution“ research program, Laboratoires Sérobiologiques, Division of Cognis France, has identified the negative effects of pollution on hair. With Puricare LS 9658, it has developed a new concept and active ingredient for hair care. Consisting of micro-proteins from the seeds of Moringa oleifera, PURICARE LS 9658 protects hair against environmental pollution, such as exhaust gas, dust or UV.

Isabelle Armand-Stussi, Communications Laboratoires Sérobiologiques, Division de Cognis France
Phone: +33-3-83 29 97 89

Susanne Sengel, Corporate Communications Manager
Phone: +49-211-7940-5431
• 2005-04-08 •
Moringa fodder experiments
The International Trypanotolerance Center in the Gambia are running experiments using both fresh leaves and dried Moringa "hay" as cattle feed. Pellets were even made by running moistened leaf powder through a press. The research confirms the findings of Nicholas Foidl in Nicaragua: cattle consuming feed which includes Moringa tend to eat more and gain weight more rapidly - roughly 30% faster weight gain that the control group. And, according to laboratory analysis, Moringa leaves have an advantage over other tree leaf fodders (such as Leucena) in that there are no detectable anti-nutritional factors. This means that there is theoretically no upper limit as to the quantity of Moringa which can be safely added to an animal's feed (taking into account the nutritional balance of the feed of course).
You can find a paper on this research in the item "documents" of this website.
• 2003-09-17 •
Moringa stenopetala workshop in Ethiopia
A national workshop on Moringa stenopetala took place this summer in Ethiopia and yielded the creation of a Moringa promotion commitee. An article from the Ethiopian Herald is available in the item Documents for more details.
• 2004-01-28 •
An original document on intensive Moringa leaf production in Senegal
An original technical document is now in line on the Moringanews site, item "documents" (formely References). It is now translated into English, thanks to Lowell fuglie. The document comes with four photo files, with English legends. The document, written by Caroline Olivier from Church World Service, describes an experience of leaf powder production in Senegal. The powder is produced for an nutritional and fodder research programme. You will find technical and economic data on leaf production and processing. This is an experimental project in arid conditions, with an intensive approach (drip irrigation, high imputs) comparable to Israeli agriculture.
• 2003-07-20 •
Moringa oil derivatives patented for use in cosmetics
The american company Floratech Ltd is optimistic regarding the use of Moringa oil and derivatives of this oil in cosmetics. You can review their most recently issued patent regarding Moringa at by doing a number search. (US Patent # 6,528,075). The patent file includes a lot of interesting information about Moringa oil and its use in cosmetics. The patent concerns a ultra-stable composition comprising moringa oil and its derivatives. The invention relates to emollients, particularly emollients used in conjunction with cosmetic and pharmaceutical products that are externally applied to patients.
• 2003-06-18 •
Moringa oil biofuel in South Africa
Last month Horti Nursery, in India, had a guest from South Africa, Mr.David Sonnenburg of Africa Eco Foundation. He demonstrated Moringa oil and Jatropha oil as biofuel for nearly 20,000 vehicles during the Earth Summit for over 60 days. The purpose of the visit was to explore the possibilities of largescale production of Moringa for oil and seed powder purpose.
• 2003-06-09 •
Test plantings to produce Moringa oil in Latin America
Some test plantings of Moringa in Mexico and South America are being established to evaluate the possibility of producing Moringa oil there for an American buyer (cosmetics).
• 2003-06-16 •
New indian genotypes isolated for seed and for leaf production
Horti Nursery, in India, has isolated two new genotypes suitable for seed production and one exclusively for leaf production which are in preliminary investigation stage. Horti Nursery should soon be in a position to give data on their performance.

Contact: K.V.Sreeja