These tables shows the conservatively estimated crop yield and local cash value that will accrue to one typical participating farmer over a 3 year period for the selected species. They are based on a current local market price of 150 Kenyan Shillings (~£1) per Kg of fresh moringa leaf; local 3-year casuarina unit pole value of 2,000 Ksh (£14); the production volumes that we have recorded in the Women's Forest Project and over previous years and assumes that each farmer plants 333 trees per annum in the following proportions.
Moringa - annual cash yield £81
Note that moringa trees are unusual in that their leaves are harvested on an ongoing basis, up to 9 times a year and that each cropping stimulates further production. They also produce valuable seeds, flowers, bark and roots which have not been factored into these calculations.
Casuarina - annual cash yield £127
Note that casuarina trees also produce a valuable leaf fodder crop and their roots have medicinal uses - neither of which have been factored into these calculations.
All scheme participants will be required to make good any tree losses as assessed at year end M and E to remain in the scheme as is the practice in our current projects.