This World Health Day, we take a look at what Tree Aid has been doing to help combat the nutrition deficit in West African communities, a widespread health issue which has been magnified by increasingly erratic weather patterns.
Nutrition gardens are small communal village plots dedicated to cultivating fast-growing trees that produce leaves after just 3 months. Trees like moringa and baobab are highly nutritious and can be used fresh or dry for consumption and sale.
Growing at the heart of communities, these gardens are making nutritious tree products much more locally accessible than when they would otherwise have to be picked in the wild.
Tree Aid’s projects help village groups plant moringa and baobab seedlings in small communal village plots, surrounded by living hedges. Nutrition gardens also help raise awareness of the dietary value of tree products, and develop knowledge on how to process these products for household consumption and sale.
Introducing the miracle tree, moringa! Almost all parts of the moringa tree are edible, from leaves to roots. This fast growing marvel is highly resistant to drought, and packed with essential nutrients.
Did you know that just 100g of moringa leaves contain as much protein as an egg, calcium as a glass of milk, iron as a 200g beef steak, vitamin A as a carrot and vitamin C as an orange?
Miracle moringa's nutritious and edible leaves are ready to eat after just three months. Known as the ‘drought warrior’, this fast growing tree is a perfect tool to help communities maintain nutritious diets despite a changing climate.
All of these factors make miracle moringa essential tree to plant our nutrition gardens in the dryland regions of West Africa.
Your support for our nutrition garden projects this World Health Day is vital in our mission to improve the livelihoods and wellbeing of the people who are being affected most by the climate crisis. Donate to our Leaves For Livelihoods appeal today and help us to grow the miracle of moringa at the herat of communities across the Sahel.