IRDI Update

by on July 24, 2012

There is just so much happening that i hardly get time to blog. here is a quick update about what is to come in the next couple of months.  But first for the news that has already happened. Malawi is now fully incorporated in the IRDI development program with 16 villages on board earmarked for development assistance.

Typical day in Malawi rural village

Although there is 16 villages that has already planted Moringa they are still subject to abject poverty, it does not help we teach people to plant crops that they can not use for Economic Development, it did however increase the nutritional well being in the village, the problem is that without the economic development poverty remains, where there is poverty there is unhealthy living conditions, that tends to break down the benefit of nutrition.

IRDI was able to establish a market for their Moringa and has entered into an agreement with the local community. At the moment their Moringa is some of the best Moringa one can find in Sub Sahara Africa, IRDI will be leaving for Malawi on the 12 of August to develop their processing practices by teaching them how to handle their Moringa crop better, teach them how to build a medium size processing plant and Moringa Oven that will see them get much closer to ISO standards if not bring them right up to certification, something we hope to have wrapped up by December 2012 for all our plantations in Malawi and Zambia.

Moringa trees in a Malawi village, growing naturally without any fertilizer or watering

We will be building the oven and process facility with a group of UK students that is coming down for four weeks (see link) We will be blogging the whole process and you can look forward to a couple of YouTube videos if everything goes according to plan.

The Moringa trees in the villages in Malawi is really being treated just like trees, they are 100% reliant on nature for water and nutrients, some of what we will teach is aerobic composting and how to prune Moringa trees for seed production and leave production, they actually get pruned differently. This will enable them to have a even better yield and income from their Moringa, and with the aerobic composting comes hot water showers (see link)  that in turn improve hygiene in the village and improve health, hot water will be a first to a lot of people, and it does get hot, in the compost shower we as a family used for a year we measured temperatures of up to 80 degrees Celsius!

Their will be a contingent of local Zambia citizens that is connected to the LPWDA and to the first villages in Zambia that IRDI has planted in the Mpanshya village (see link) We are happy to report that they have already done their 3rd harvest on this plantation and they are actually sending it through to Lusaka with the first truck that comes through, and it will be another 2 villages that has created a good income for themselves, we are planning a trip to Mpanshya  soon and will have updated pictures of the growth rate of Moringa.

On the 2nd of August 2013 the Lusaka Agricultural Show is starting (see link)  According to this link the first show was held in 1916 and i think that is one of the oldest public events that still happens every year, we will be there with the LPWDA and you will be able to get your Moringa at a special show price and support the LPWDA with fundraising for development in the 4 districts they are actively working in, so be sure to stock up and we hope to see you there.

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