In the spirit of the United Nations’ labeling of 2011 as the ‘Year of Forests’, the UN-Sponsored ‘Year of Forests 2011′ campaign has stretched around the world, launching ambitious plans for planting millions of trees in 2011. In the city of Accra, Ghana, this has taken the form of 20,000 moringa seedlings planted around the Accra region.
Subjected to years of strip mining, deforestation, and other detrimental industrial practices, Ghana is a small country in Western Africa which struggles with malnutrition and lack of productive development. Ghana was once known as the Gold Coast as an English colony and the country currently has the largest English-speaking population in the African continent.
In Accra, Ghana, the Green Ghana Volunteers will plant 20,000 Moringa seedlings across the Accra region on Earth Day. The Moringa tree was chosen for its local nutritional and medicinal uses, so the trees will not only benefit the deforested areas of Accra, it will also help provide better health for the people of the region. The group plans to plant 100,000 seedlings over the next 4 months.
The initial 20,000 trees, followed by another 100,000 in the next few months, will bring a great deal of nutritional and commercial value to the greater Accra region. Moringa oleifera can be used as a nutritional supplement for the malnourished populations in the greater Accra area, as well as an agricultural crop for trade inside Ghana or export to other countries.
The Green Ghana Volunteers are a hard-working volunteer group whose mission is to work according to the UN’s anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals to develop and rehabilitate agricultural land through Greater Accra and the entire country of Ghana. The group works extensively with Moringa oleifera because of its truly amazing potential to effect real change in the populations where it is grown.
Since the fall of 2010, Green Ghana Volunteers has been planting Moringa oleifera throughout Ghana, primarily in areas of land that have been ravaged by mining and other industrial endeavors. Moringa oleifera’s highly adaptive and resilient nature, combined with its unmatched nutritional value, make moringa trees perfect for repopulating Ghana’s much abused landscape.