In recent years, Mozambique has experienced strong export growth, and a substantial improvement in terms of trade. However, exports remain heavily dependent on traditional commodities and megaprojects of the extraction industry and its potential to diversification of trade for example by introducing new products, such as exotic vegetable oils, and nutritional food supplements has not yet been tapped.
This report analyses the market potential of Moringa processed products, and evaluates Mozambique’s opportunities of commercialising Moringa oil and Moringa leaf powder.
There is a rise in international interest in Moringa processed products as the products and their benefits receive more attention, especially from the food and cosmetics industries. As a result of increasing disposable income, and growing health awareness, the nutritional supplement industry, as well as the natural high-end cosmetic industry, is steadily expanding, and searching for new products. Moringa leaf powder, and oil, form part of this new product group, and are experiencing a growing national and international demand.
To satisfy demand, both at a national, as well as an international level, the value chain for Moringa must be upgraded and filled. The first priority must be the establishment of qualitative and quantitative production of Moringa trees, for leaf powder as well as for oil. Mozambique has excellent climatic conditions for the growth of Moringa trees, and is endowed with the fundamentals of organic production. The drawbacks to Moringa production in Mozambique are the weak phytosanitarian environment the absence of organic legislation as well as an expensive international transport logistics.
In order to successfully produce and trade Moringa processed products, there are a number of critical recommendations and suggestions for initiating commercial plantation. For both Moringa leaf powder, and Moringa oil, investments are needed, from production, through to marketing and sale. This calls for the organisation of the value chain, on a semi-industrial or industrial scale, in order to access, amongst other things, finance and extension services, and to draw on economies of scale.