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Photo above used courtesy of Errol Moloto


  • The moringa tree has its origins in the northern regions of India. In Africa, two types are grown, moringa oleifera and moringa stenopetala (Lekgau, undated). The moringa tree is considered one of the most nutritious trees in the world since it has vitamins, minerals and amino acids which the human body requires for health.
  • The leaves can be used to make moringa juice or tea. They can also be cooked like spinach, or dried and processed into moringa powder. The powder has many uses which include being used as a nutritional additive in soup, porridge and drinks.
  • The seeds can be used to produce seedlings, processed into moringa oil (called Ben oil) and in certain communities, to purify water.
  • In addition to human consumption, it can be used to feed livestock, and has industrial uses which includes a biofuel.
  • Several projects listed on this page came about as a way to stimulate rural development and to address malnutrition. Farming with moringa is a way to create economic activity and jobs. A look through company websites (listed below) will illustrate many of the different products, while the various articles and other sources will introduce the reader to its adaption as a crop, while noting the reported medicinal benefits and nutritious value.

National strategy and government contact

  • Along with notes on their involvement, the website provides contact details for the following institutions: Department of Science and Innovation (DSI); Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD); Department of Education; Department of Health; Department of Trade, Industry and Competition and the Gauteng Department of Economic Growth and Development.
  • The Industrial Action Policy Plans (IPAPs) made provision for the establishment of a pilot agri-business hub. One of the deliverables was a moringa processing plant (along with chicken abattoir and vegetable packhouse).
  • Moringa featured in the then Department of Science and Technology’s Bio-economy Strategy. See


Role players


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Moloto, Errol Tel: 083 382 1409 errol.moloto [at] Moringa entrepreneur (see his photos earlier on this page)
Afrinest Moringa Farm – Afrinest is involved with the farming of moringa, cassava and honey as well as the skilling of emerging farmers. Our operation benefits the communities of the Mopani, Maruleng and Vhembe Districts.
LAMP Innovations Tel: 083 709 6938 “SimplyNutri”, formulated for fatigue Management
Umgibe Farming Organics and Training Institute – Moringa is included in products sold (see “Store” option on the website).
Luhlaza-ISS – Authors of the 2019 IDC Moringa study (see next heading)
The Moringa Tree – They “specialize in the development of business plans and the roll out of profitable and sustainable commercial [Moringa] projects”.
LIV Village – “It takes a village to rescue a child”
Muthi Futhi Trust – It specialises “in the cultivation and processing of African medicinal plants, and the production of traditional medicinal products”
Seriti Institute – Training for communities in financial management and other programmes

Further reference:

Training and research

  • Often with notes on the research being conducted, the website provides contact details for the following institutions: University of the WitwatersrandUniversity of JohannesburgUniversity of PretoriaUniversity of KwaZulu-NatalUniversity of Fort HareUniversity of LimpopoUniversity of North West (Mafikeng campus), Tshwane University of TechnologyUniversity of South Africa and Stellenbosch University.

Parastatals and semi-government organisations

  • Often with notes on the support offered, provides contact details for the following institutions: Agriculture Research Council (ARC)The Innovation HubEgolibioSEDATechnology Innovative Agency (TIA) and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC)South African Bureau of Standards (SABS)Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the South African Military Health Services.


  • Health outlets like Faithful to NatureThe Body ShopOrganic Choice Health ShopsClicks etc stock moringa products

Websites and publications

Some articles

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