Rooted in Goodness
When typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in 2013, it destroyed 75% of the coconut trees in the area of Leyte, which provided the main source of livelihood of about 1 million people. The coconut sector will take up to 10 years to restore, and that is simply too long a wait. The Moringa Tree grows fast, is incredibly resilient and is well suited for the hot, tropical climate of the Philippines. It presents a real, viable alternative to the coconut trees that were destroyed, providing not just a new source of income but also a nutrient packed food source for farmers and their families.
When natural disasters strike, access to food and vital nutrients can be limited, and particularly children can be affected during this time. Moringa leaves contain an incredibly high concentration of nutrients, and provide an abundant source of vitamins, minerals and proteins, which are essential for optimal health. Together with our NGO partners we want to create educational Moringa programmes to teach about basic nutrition and how to cultivate and process Moringa in order to preserve the maximum levels of nutrition and quality.
Moringa does not just provide one of the healthiest foods on the planet. The peel from the seed can be used for water purification, removing 99% of bacteria. In areas where access to clean water can be scarce, or in the aftermath of a natural disaster, where potable water sources may be contaminated or impossible to reach, Moringa seeds can provide safe drinking water, saving lives and preventing serious diseases.
Roots Food’s mission is to establish new Moringa farms in the areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan, where the need for sustainable livelihoods persists. With the assistance of our NGO partners we ensure capacity building to educate farmers in the cultivation of Moringa, provide drying facilities, ensure the quality of the product, and assist in community development. By ensuring that farmers are able to reach the high standard and demands of an international market as well as a fair price for their products, we help increase the income of families who lost their livelihoods to typhoon Haiyan.