Fighting Malnutrition with the Miracle Tree

The Olifeira Moringa is a tropical plant, rich in nutrients. Its leaves contain, per gram, seven times more vitamin C than oranges, four times the calcium in milk, four times the vitamin A of carrots, three times the potassium in bananas , three times the iron of spinach and more protein eggs. Every part of the plant beneficial properties for the person and has the potential to greatly improve nutrition.

The Miracle Tree not only provides leaves that help combat malnourishment, especially among children and nursing mothers, but it can also help fertilize the soil, restore degraded farmlands, and increase crop yield. Furthermore, Moringa is the best forage for livestock; it increases the weight gain of cattle and help them produce as much as 50% more milk. Because of the Moringa leaves nutritional benefits, individual vendors in Haiti could also sell them at local markets, providing a reliable cash income.

AVSI has been working with the Ministry of Health to promote the growth and use of this miracle tree in Southern Haiti, and has been working with the National Coordination of the Fight against Hunger and malnutrition (COLFAM) to promote the use of this plant into the Haitian diet and develop a public policy of  Agriculture for Health and Nutrition.