What is your signature innovation, your new idea, in one sentence?
Moringa seed's amazing ability to purify and detoxify polluted water rapidly, which coupled with ultraviolet radiation, provide an affordable water purification solution.
Describe your innovation. What makes your idea unique and different than others doing work in the field?
The cationic polyelectrolyte in Moringa seed or seed cake functions like alum used in conventional plants but is affordable, biodegradable and leaves no taste, odour, colour and toxicity. The ultraviolet radiation offers adequate sterilisation. The technologies are 100% natural, sustainable and use no electricity and can be adapted to many low cost rural and household systems leading to imrproved healthconditions.
Delivery Model: How do you implement your innovation and apply it to the challenge/problem you are addressing?
Moringa seeds or seed cake are made available from the production process of our Moringa farmers and processors mostly as waste from the oil process. After drying and milling to fine powder, they are bagged and used in our model water purification plants or sold to other users. The treated water is subjected to ultraviolet radiation and made available to our customers in a pure acceptable form for consumption.
How do you plan to expand your innovation?
Talks have begun with the Ghana Water and Sewerage Company Limited, Community Water and Sanitation Agency, rural and urban small scale water purification plants, water bottling companies and other district authorities to patronize this innovation. We have set a network of farmers and processors acrosss the entire country to engage in massive cultivation and production of Moringa products which will make availalble more Moringa seed cake for our use.
Do you have any existing partnerships, and if so, how do you create them?
For now, there are three main partnerships: Moringa Oleifera Farms and Industries Limited (MOFIL), Moringa Oleifera Cultivation and Marketing Program (MOCAMP) and Moringa Oleifera Farmers and Producers Association (MOFPA). MOFIL is a registered limited liability company formed by 2 private companies, 3 NGOs amd employees of the company. MOCAMP is under the direction of Christian Volunteer Service International (CVSI) but with MOFIL and other organisations as members. MOFPA groups various Moringa farmers and producers under one roof to advocate for a suitable business environment for Moringa producers and farmers. I started with CVSI and went on to get MOFIL into being before initiating MOCAMP and finally MOFPA.