THE MORINGA DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH AFRICA (MDASA) was officially founded in April 2013. The association is a non-political, non-sectarian, and non-profit making body devoted to the study, promotion and empowerment of all aspects of Moringa tree such as growing, product development, marketing, protection, research, social, health and economic exploitation aspect of Moringa and other related areas.
Objectives of the Association
The objectives of the Association are as follows:
- To address socio-economic development issues through the use of Moringa (nutrition, medicinal, job creation, enterprise development).
- To promote the use and production of Moringa in South Africa through collaboration, research and community training, farming, new product development and quality control, marketing, teaching and information sharing through:
- Workshops on any aspect of Moringa
- Harmonizing knowledge and facts about Moringa
- Dissemination of information through Community workshops, advertising, newsletters
- Training of community on various aspects of Moringa from growing through product development to marketing.
- Help develop business models related to Moringa.
- To coordinate all activities of Moringa in the country
- To act as link between Moringa growers, Moringa product developers and moringa consumers with Government, government agencies and Private sector (stakeholders) in the country and internationally.
- Collaboration with professional organisations with similar aims.
- Protecting the rights of moringa growers, moringa products, moringa seed banks, growing moringa organically
Functions of the Association
The association will fulfill the following functions:
- Interdisciplinary research activities
- Community, academic/industry partnerships
- Good farming practices in Moringa cultivation and safety and quality in product development and marketing.
- The role of Moringa in poverty eradication, job creation and malnutrition eradication especially among the less privileged.
- Knowledge interchange on Moringa among growers
- Ethical marketing practices