Moringa: A Nutritional Powerhouse
Moringa’s Soaring Market Potential
Global Market Value in 2021
> 5.6 billion USD
Current Global Market Value
7.8 billion USD
Forecast Period Between 2021 to 2028 (CAGR)
Estimated Global Market Value by 2028
> 10 Billion USD
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Moringa products were valued to be at least 5.6 USD, and were estimated to grow in value to over 10 billion USD by 2030
The Moringa value chain in Kenya is a dynamic and growing sector that offers numerous opportunities for economic development and improved nutrition. Moringa, often referred to as the “drumstick tree” or “miracle tree,” is known for its nutritional value and wide-ranging health benefits. Every part of the moringa tree, from the moringa leaves, pods, seeds, and flowers can be harvested throughout the year for human or animal consumption for health improvement.
The digital revolution has led to an explosion of a more health conscious society, armed with the ability to choose what they want from the existing market. Moringa and its numerous health benefits make it an extremely attractive commodity, on a national and global level.
This unassuming and easy to dismiss tree, is anything but. According to a 2021 global report, Moringa products were valued to be at least 5.6 USD, and were estimated to grow in value to over 10 billion USD by 2030.
In fact, according to a 2023 report by Fortune Business Insights, the demand for Moringa powder is projected to remain high, with a steady increase over the next few years. Closer to home, an acre farm in kenya has the potential to produce between 3,999 to 10,000 kilograms of leaves per year.
LEAST VALUE OF MORINGA PRODUCTS IN USD
PRODUCE IN KGs FROM 1 ACRE FARM IN KENYA PER YEAR
Tapping into Moringa’s Value Addition Opportunities
Moringa can be used in the creation of numerous value-added products. After harvesting, Moringa seeds can be pressed to produce moringa oil which is a hot commodity in the culinary and cosmetic industries, or used for water purification. By removing the outer covering to expose the white seeds inside, people can chew it to directly reap the benefits, or opt to plant the seed instead.
Due to their fast growth rate, moringa demonstrate a high carbon sequestration ability, making them valuable members in the climate change market. They can add value to a myriad of projects in afforestation, deforestation or agroforestry efforts for climate mitigation.
After processing for value addition, the moringa plant can produce Moringa leaf powder. Repackaged, the powder can be sold as Moringa capsules, teas, energy bars, or introduced in the cosmetics industry as a Moringa face mask.
“Due to their fast growth rate, moringa demonstrate a high carbon sequestration ability, making them valuable members in the climate change market”
Empowering Communities through Moringa Value Addition
The Moringa value chain in Kenya is ripe with potential, and your investment can be the catalyst for positive change. By investing in Moringa, you’re not only tapping into a booming market but also supporting the growth of smallholder farmers and contributing to sustainable agriculture.
Scaling Moringa Production in partnership with Akili communities is an opportunity ready for the taking. Given their high survival rate, and ability to thrive in degraded soils, this value chain is easily scalable. Your investment will enable farmers to grow and add value to large quantities of moringa and sell to a growing local, national and global market. Akili will continue its role of market linkage, agronomy training, as well resource and tool provision to ensure the sustainability of our value addition efforts.