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First International Symposium on Moringa
Sixth National Moringa Congress

15-18 November 2015
Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria Hotel
Manila, Philippines

    The four-day symposium and congress brought together about 300 junior and senior scientists from around the world to share and discuss the latest advances in research and development for Moringa, the multi-purpose tree, and to promote the sustainability of its production, processing, utilization, marketing and trade as well as consumption for health and vitality, industry profitability and global competitiveness. The program included invited speakers, poster sessions, student/fellow presentations, interactive discussion sessions, and free time for informal interaction with colleagues.

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    Session 1: Botany and Germplasm

    Ethnobotany and Germplasm
    Taxonomy
    Biodiversity
    Breeding, varietal evaluation and improvement
    Ecological adaptation
    Seed and plant propagation

    Session 2: Production Technology & Agroecosystem

    Tree Crop Management
    Climate and soil
    Cropping systems and production economics
    Integrated crop management with focus on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)
    Low-input organic production
    Harvesting, postharvest and processing
    Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)

    Session 3: Nutrition and Health

    Nutritional Benefits and Medicinal Properties
    Moringa in traditional and alternative medicine
    Clinical studies on health benefits of Moringa
    Nutritional studies for improved health
    Nutritional quality of Moringa plant parts (leaf, fruit/pod, seed, root, flower)
    Moringa nutrition and health products in the market
    Food safety

    Session 4: Industrial Uses of Moringa

    Commercial and Industrial Utilization
    Moringa in livestock and aquaculture feed industry
    Moringa as an alternative energy source (biofuel)
    Water treatment and clarification
    Moringa in cosmetics industry

    Session 5: Cross-Commodity/Sectoral Issues

    The Role of Moringa in Food Security and Poverty Alleviation
    Farmer participation and community livelihood development
    Moringa and climate change
    Urban and peri-urban horticulture
    Ecological sanitation
    Disaster risk management
    Organic Moringa production
    Market, quality standards and international trade
    Microfinancing