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Miracle Tree Combats Malnutrition in Africa

Often called “the miracle tree,” moringa offers benefits far greater than your average tree because its leaves are packed with more vitamins and minerals than most foods we know. The tree is extremely rich in protein, vitamins A, B and C and other minerals that are key to combating malnutrition. Eaten as a vegetable course during meals,moringa leaves improve childhood nutrition, birth weights and the quality of breast milk. 

That’s why in countries across Africa, The Hunger Project and its volunteer leaders educate communities about the benefits of this power food, train them how to cook with it, and mobilize communities to create moringa nurseries and work in factories to produce moringa powder.

This training is part of a larger program to educate community members—especially pregnant and nursing mothers and young children—about health and nutrition. By breaking the cycle of malnutrition from the start, healthy mothers deliver healthy babies who can grow into healthy, productive adults.

Increasing Crop Profits In Africa

Did you know that turning peanuts into peanut butter yields a ten-fold increase in profit? That’s why The Hunger Project trains farmers to add value to their crops.

Another of our strategies is to bring farmers together in collectives so they can offer produce at a scale that attracts the attention of bigger customers. For example, farmers at some of our Epicentres in Burkina Faso and Senegal sell their produce to the World Food Program and UNICEF, opening up their crops, yields and farms to global markets and international exports.

Making this news even more positive is the fact that farmers who’ve worked with THP’s Epicentres are now generating higher income for themselves and their families while helping out international NGOs. Pretty amazing!

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