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FAO Promotes Moringa Cultivation in Ethiopia and Philippines

  • FAO Promotes Moringa Cultivation in Ethiopia and Philippines

    by Market Insider

    Monday, 23 Jun. 2014

    Moringa oleifera, known as ‘horseradish tree’ in English and as ‘Śigru’ in Sanskrit, is a native plant of Himalayan biodiversity. Growing wild in sub-Himalayan tracts of northern India, Pakistan and Nepal, the trees are also cultivated throughout India as well as in many other countries including Malaysia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and in countries of tropical Africa and tropical America.

    Most of its plant parts, the fruit, seed, leaf, root bark and stem bark are used as active substances in the Indian Systems of Medicine including Ayurvedic, Siddha and Unani medicines, as well as Indian Folk medicines and Sowa Rigpa (Tibetan) medicine.

    According to the June 2014 InFO News (newsletter from FAO Forestry), “Revered by local communities in Africa and Asia for its outstanding health and nutritional values, Moringa oliefera is a star among trees.

    Since the 1990s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has promoted Moringa in participatory agroforestry programmes and more recently as an intercropping species in post-Haiyan recovery in the Philippines and in a collaborative food and nutrition programme in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region (SNNPR) region in 'Ethiopia.'

    The State of SNNPR (Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region) comprises 10% of the total area of Ethiopia and shares borders with both Kenya and South Sudan. Moringa agroforestry is already established in Kenya and the number of Kenyan smallholder farmers putting in Moringa still increasing.


    1. Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia Committee. Śigru. In: The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India, Part I, Volume IV, First Edition. New Delhi: Government of India, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Department of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH). 2004.

    2. FAO Forestry. Moringa oliefera: the miracle tree. InFO News, No. 20. 22 June 2014: http://forestry.fao.msgfocus.com/q/1bzr922cXdjGL8psnmp/wv

    3. Ved DK, Goraya GS. Demand and supply of medicinal plants in India. National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB), New Delhi & FRLHT, Bangalore, India. 2008.

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