Kitchen Gardens in Burundi – “the new way to grow vegetables”

Use of Moringa Leaf Extract as an Effective and Easy Crop Growth Enhancer

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Kitchen Gardens in Burundi – “the new way to grow vegetables”

Sara Delaney, Senior Program Officer, International Programs, Episcopal Relief & Development

Sara Delaney presented at ECHO’s November 2015 International Agriculture Conference. One project she mentioned had remarkable adoption rates, and we thought it would make a good case study to share in EDN. In the course of introducing new ideas or practices, why are some accepted more easily, quickly or widely than others? This article proposes some reasons for the initial success of kitchen gardens in Burundi, and also shares a method for trying to measure the impact that kitchen gardens will have on the food security and nutrition of the families who use them.

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Use of Moringa Leaf Extract as an Effective and Easy Crop Growth Enhancer

Dr. Shahzad Basra, Professor, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan shehzadbasra@gmail.com

In November 2015, ECHO staff member Dr. Tim Motis attended the First International Moringa Symposium in Manila, Philippines. There he met Dr. Basra, who has studied and promoted moringa extensively and who presented a talk with valuable information on moringa leaf extract. Basra’s research on the use of moringa leaf extract to enhance crop yields builds upon and confirms findings by Nikolaus Foidl, whose pioneering work in this area was briefly summarized in EDN 68 (in 2000) in an article by Lowell Fuglie, one of the early promotors of moringa. Basra graciously agreed to share what he has learned about this topic with ECHO’s network. Below are his responses to our questions.