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Sierra Leone: Successful start of organic Moringa production for the local market

 

The NGO Don Bosco has been active in Freetown, Sierra Leone since 1998 and cares for endangered children in many projects. These children, mostly street children from the capital Freetown, have all experienced severe trauma through prostitution, rape, violence, poverty and starvation. At Don Bosco they receive a safe home, regular schooling, psychological treatment and are also prepared for their professional future.

As an NGO, Don Bosco depends on donations to carry out their projects. In order to create further income sources for their projects, Don Bosco have decided to produce Moringa for the local market, and in the long term possibly for international customers as well. Of course this fits perfectly to the africrops! philosophy, which is based on creating sustainability through trade.

In addition, the produced Moringa can also be used in their own projects, e.g. for school meals. Moreover, in psychological therapy the cultivation of Moringa and gardening in general can be used effectively.

africrops! was commissioned to advise and accompany the development of the Moringa production. In March 2019 africrops! Managing Director and agricultural expert Dr. Andreas Wesselmann and Business Operations Manager Fabian Link flew to Sierra Leone for consulting. Suitable cultivation areas were identified, irrigation and processing procedures were developed. Apart from that the cultivation of other crops besides Moringa was discussed and different possibilities were looked at.

We at africrops! are very impressed with the work Don Bosco are doing on site and are very impressed with the great success Don Bosco have already achieved. Institutions like Don Bosco play an important role in the protection of vulnerable children in Sierra Leone and we are proud to support this institution in the form of our consultancy services.