Carbon offsetting with Moringa trees

Project overview

Moringa oleifera is an incredibly useful, yet underused tree, which grows throughout tropical and subtropical climates.  The Moringa tree can be grown in even the harshest and driest of soils, where barely anything else will grow. As a result it is an effective means to rehabilitate unusable land.  The Moringa tree is also edible and highly nutritious - Moringa leaf powder is receiving increasing attention worldwide thanks to its high levels of protein and other regenerative nutrients. In addition, the plant is very effective at absorbing harmful carbon dioxide and combating global warming.

During a seven year research project conducted by Suzanne Enoh-Arthur with Prof. Patrick Van Damme (Faculty of Bioscience Engineering at the University of Ghent, Belgium) local farmers in the villages of Pokuase-Amanfro, Mmampenia, Dobro, Tafi Abuife and Logba planted Moringa trees. This helped boost the income and health of the local communities, as well as having a positive global impact by helping to offset green house gas emission. 

By burning massive quantities of coal and oil we are continually increasing the carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere. Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism suggests the need for collaboration between developed and developing countries to stabilise atmospheric greenhouse gas emissions.

VPWA's aim is to develop a sustainable production chain for Moringa oleifera by offering farmers and rural farm organisations in Ghana incentives to develop this crop.

We are looking for volunteers to participate in this environmental project.


How the project will work

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