African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6848

Article in Press

A survey on the state of moringa cultivation and utilization in Kwazulu-Natal

Simphiwe Promise Buthelezi and Londeka Thandokuhle Mimi Nxumalo

  •  Received: 21 February 2024
  •  Accepted: 15 May 2024
The African population is predicted to be 1,397,607,646, with the South African population estimated to be 60,635,919. With a continually expanding population across the continent, satisfying the demands of the present and future generations will be a major worldwide problem. As a result, this study investigated Moringa oleifera lam as a superfood with the potential to reduce poverty and unemployment, promote rural economies, and close the rural-urban inequality gap. The study identified M. oleifera in the province, its current and potential consumption, and its economic value to rural farming. To do this, the study employed a mixed method technique. Data was gathered using face-to-face interviews and online survey questionnaires. The study’s target demographic included M. oleifera farmers and consumers from all 11 district municipalities in KwaZulu Natal. The desired population size was 1000, while the sample size was 550 respondents. According to the data, M. oleifera is cultivated on a modest scale in KZN. According to the findings, 63% of respondents were M. oleifera consumers, 8% were traders, and 7% grew moringa in the province. Furthermore, 64.5% of respondents use M. oleifera for therapeutic and nutritional reasons.

Keywords: Moringa oleifera lam; Unemployment; Poverty; Inequality; and Value Chain.