The town Lokichoggio (15.000-18.000 inhabitants) is situated in the Northwest of Kenya close to the borders to South Sudan and Uganda. The region surrounding Lokichoggio is one of the poorest in Kenya and marked by absolute poverty and chronic mal- and undernourishment. Besides the geographical situation and the semiarid climatic conditions as well as the historical, political and economic marginalization, the reasons of the exigency in the area are droughts, epidemics and clan conflicts. The local population, especially the Turkana people, is living mostly nomadic and based on livestock raising. Agriculture is barely possible on the regions dry and infertile soils. Most of the people live below the poverty line, with an average income of less than half a dollar per day. Many adults and children have no access to clean water and are mal- or undernourished.
By introducing Moringa cultivation in the Lokichoggio region in Kenya, the project contributes to the eradication of hunger and poverty (MDG 1). Our local partner, the Across Africa Marginalized Communities Development Initiative (AMCODI) founded by the Kenyan pastor Isaac Githu, trains the local population in planting and harvesting the nutritious and fast-growing “wonder tree” Moringa (moringa oleifera). Moringa products as powder, leafs, tea, pods, and seeds can contribute to a balanced diet, and are a sought-after dietary supplement. In addition, Moringa seeds can be used for water treatment. Moringa products can also be sold on the local market, allowing the population to generate additional income. In the long run, AMCODI will take on a mediating role between the local population and the international market. The income generated through these activities will benefit the population and can be used for the projects of AMCODI.
Within this pilot project existing techniques in Moringa cultivation will be tested. In case of a successful application in the region, a scale-up will be pursued.
March 2014 – February 2015