Baca-Villa and the 17 SDGoals for People, for Planet

Baca-Villa and the 17 SDGoals for People, for Planet.

Baca-Villa and the 17 SDGoals for People, for Plane.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the world’s best plan to build a better world for people and our planet by 2030. Adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, the SDGs are a call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the environment. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, equality, and job opportunities while tackling climate change and working to preserve our ocean and forests.

Baca-Villa can, therefore, confirm that we are focusing on the following SDG goals:
1. No poverty – we offer jobs to more than 100 employees and poor farmers so that they can lift themselves and their extended families out of poverty.
2. No hunger – we aim to produce moringa, one of the most nutritious plants in the world, to alleviate hunger
4. Quality education – through the PPP we offer farmers the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development
5. Gender equality – we do our best to hire at least 50% of women to ensure that they can support their families independently
6. Clean water and sanitation – we have installed a water filtration system at the factory that now meets the minimum standards of the World Health Organization for drinking water and provides access to all employees
8. Decent work and economic growth – we employ more than 100 disadvantaged Cambodians and pay them well above the minimum wage
9. Industry, innovation, and infrastructure – we strive for innovation through our PPP with the support of Pierre Fabre in their research and development efforts
12. Responsible consumption and production – we are certified organic that specifically relates to responsible and sustainable production
17. Partnerships for goals – we have specifically pursued our PPP to address many of the issues identified in the SDGs.

We, therefore, focus specifically on 9 of the 17 SDGs in our daily activities. I think you would find it a challenge to identify another small company that does so much to achieve SDGs.

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And we continue to look and find out whether we can achieve other goals.
More information can be found here:

https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/development-agenda/

and here:
https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/

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Baca-Villa and 17 SDGoals for People for Plane.

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First research of high polyphenols in Moringa Oleifera leaves

The first research of high polyphenols in Moringa Oleifera leaves.

10-2019

This research is the first comprehensive identification of conserved and novel miRNAs in Moringa Oleifera leaf, seed, and callus (stressed and non-stressed).

The first research of high polyphenols in Moringa Oleifera leaves.

This dataset represents an important supplement to the existing Moringa Oleifera miRNA database and shall be useful in understanding the possible role for enhancing biosynthesis of pharmacologically important phytochemicals by plant miRNAs during biotic and abiotic stresses.

In the past decade, Moringa Oleifera has gained growing attention for its nutraceutical and pharmacological functions as well as potential benefits for human health; several studies have demonstrated the great number of bioactive compounds contained in leaves, seeds, pods, and flowers1,2,4. A large number of these bioactive compounds (such as secondary metabolites) might explain the pharmacological properties of this “miracle tree”. Recent studies have confirmed the high content of polyphenols (such as flavonoids and phenolic acids) in Moringa Oleifera leaves65. These secondary metabolites are synthesized in the plant for its specialized need, in particular, ecological conditions; unlike primary metabolites, secondary metabolites are directly involved in the defense mechanism against environmental injuries. In humans, Moringa Oleifera polyphenols (such as flavonoids) are involved in protection against chronic diseases associated with oxidative stress, including cardiovascular disease and cancer4.

Abstract
MicroRNAs, a class of small, non-coding RNAs, play important roles in plant growth, development and stress response by negatively regulating gene expression. Moringa Oleifera Lam. plant has many medical and nutritional uses; however, little attention has been dedicated to its potential for the bio production of active compounds. In this study, 431 conserved and 392 novel microRNA families were identified and 9 novel small RNA libraries constructed from leaf, and cold stress treated callus, using high-throughput sequencing technology. Based on the Moringa Oleifera genome, the microRNA repertoire of the seed was re-evaluated. qRT-PCR analysis confirmed the expression pattern of 11 conserved microRNAs in all groups. MicroRNA159 was found to be the most abundant conserved microRNA in leaf and callus, while microRNA393 was most abundantly expressed in the seed. The majority of predicted microRNA target genes were transcriptional factors involved in plant reproduction, growth/development, and abiotic/biotic stress response. In conclusion, this is the first comprehensive analysis of microRNAs in Moringa Oleifera leaf and callus which represents an important addition to the existing Moringa Oleifera seed microRNA database and allows for possible exploitation of plant microRNAs induced with abiotic stress, as a tool for bio-enrichment with pharmacologically important phytochemicals.
Read here the full analyses….

The first research of high polyphenols in Moringa Oleifera leaves.

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Cambodia approved cold-pressed oils

Cambodia approved cold-pressed oils.

Cambodia approved cold-pressed oils.

Cold-pressed retain healthy antioxidants that are otherwise damaged by being exposed to heat. … Most cold-pressed oils are rich in vitamin E, which has anti-inflammatory and healing properties. They are also rich sources of oleic acid that help boost your immune system.

The demand for natural oils continues to increase for the cosmetics and food industries.
Cold-pressed oils retain all their taste, aroma and nutritional value, making these oils excellent for cooking and skin care needs.

For that reason, we started cold pressing oils at Baca-Villa in 2017 on high-quality certified cold-press, and we gave workshops by a specialized cold-pressed consultancy from France to press the pressed oils to the highest possible quality and in accordance with the international pharmaceutical standard.

Because cold-pressed oil is processed at lower temperatures does not alter the properties of the oil which contains a higher phenolic and nutrient content than expeller-pressed oil. Cold-pressed oils retain all their flavor, aroma, and nutritional value, making these oils great for cooking and skincare requirements.

Cambodia approved cold-pressed oils. By means of our advanced German Cold-Pressed oil machine and a hired French consultancy specializing in cold-pressed oils and in collaboration with the ITC University of Cambodia, we can analyze all cold-pressed oils for Fatty acids composition and peroxide index. All oils can be further tested extensively on the available qualified GC-MS analyzer in accordance with international pharmaceutical standards.

Baca-Villa at Cambodia is an approved cold-pressed oil supplier that conform to the international pharmaceutical cold-pressed oil standards.

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Papaya seeds cold-pressed Oil

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Red Sesame seeds Cold-pressed Oil

The demand for natural oils continues to increase for the cosmetics and food industries. Cold-pressed oils retain all their taste, aroma and nutritional value, making these oils excellent for cooking and skin care needs. For that reason, we started cold pressing oils at Baca-Villa in 2017 on high-quality certified cold-press, and we gave workshops by a specialized cold-pressed consultancy from France to press the pressed oils to the highest possible quality and in accordance with the international pharmaceutical standard.

Sacha-Inchi seeds cold-pressed Oil

These cold-pressed oils are pressed to the highest quality level on machines that meet international pharmaceutical standards.
Organoleptic, also the properties of raw materials play a fundamental role, therefore the raw materials are specifically selected.

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Seeds for cold-pressed Oils

After cleaning the seeds, the seeds are dried at the right temperature and the right moisture content. The seeds are pressed with the correct pressure and time and with the corresponding low automatic pre-heating seeds temperature meter, type of screw, nozzle, etc. If desired, the virgin oils can still be filtered and will be only refined or bleached at the request of the customer.

All products are logged in reports, provided with production date and batch number.

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Organic Moringa seeds Oil cold-pressed

We have successfully cold-pressed the oils below:

  • Moringa seeds
  • Papaya seeds
  • Sacha Inchi seeds
  • White, Red and Black Sesame seeds
  • Soybean seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Lotus seeds

We will soon be pressing the seeds below as soon as the season comes:
– Invirngia Malayana
– Pigeon Pea

We only press and extract seeds, plants or flowers that grow in Cambodia, we do not import anything.

All oils can be ordered unfiltered or filtered.
We can also bleach at the request of the customer.

We can also grow your desired plants on our organic fields for oils or otherwise.

Let us know if you are interested, we can look together at what interests you and make arrangements for this.

We would love to hear from you.
With best regards,
Baca-Villa Team

Mail us: moringa@baca-villa.com

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Organic Moringa Tea from Cambodia

Organic Moringa Tea from Cambodia.

Organic Moringa Tea from Cambodia.

The Moringa tea is made from the finest Moringa leaves.
The selected leaves are dried in two stages to maintain the optimum taste and nutritional value.Organic-Moringa-Tea

As you know, the Moringa Oleifera is a miraculous tree, that’s why it’s the most nutrient tree ever discovered. Rich in very important vitamins, minerals, and Amino Acids. Compare Moringa with other types of nourishment and see the advantage…

Besides its amazing nutrient value, Moringa holds many antioxidants, antibacterials, antimicrobials, antitoxins, and antimycotics. That’s why Moringa has a variety of uses including medicinal. Moringa is an excellent natural organic source or necessary nutrients and energy.

We can offer tea in all kinds of varieties
In Ginger with Moringa
With Turmeric and Moringa
With Kaffir Lime with Moringa
Etc. the proportions can be determined as desired in consultation.
We choose the general
25% of the chosen spices with 75% Moringa leaves.

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Baca-Villa 30 sachets met string in a hygienic sachet bag packed

All our spices grow on our organic certified farms in rural Cambodia.

Early in the morning the fresh leaves are collected with our AC pickup and immediately processed the same day in our factory.

Tea can be made and delivered with or without stems. And the stems can be cut to size from small pieces up to 1 to 2 cm, of your choice.

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Full automatic high capacity drying


Do you also have a certain taste mixed with Moringa in mind? Let us know, we are always interested.

We can package tea in all sorts of variants, from 50 g up to and including 20 kg of food grade certified bags.
Or the tea box with sachets in the packaging you want.

For more information contact us.

Organic Moringa Tea from Cambodia.

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Who is growing faster Weed or Moringa in rain season

Who is growing faster Weed or Moringa in rain season

Who is growing faster Weed or Moringa in rain season

Who is growing faster Weed or Moringa in rain season.

The Moringa tree grows incredibly fast but Weeds too.
It is September, in the middle of the heavy rainy season of Cambodia.

It is hard to catch in the rainy season with weed control.
The weeds beat the fast-growing Moringa.

Man and power are used to remove the weeds without pesticides.

So also start growing new moringa trees again but this time in leaves from a local tree.

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In Khmer called “Sloek Chaa“.

The big advantage is that the pant can later simply be placed in the ground with leaves and trees, without plastic ….

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But a lot of extra work because all the leaves have to be pre-folded into a pot that will contain the Moringa seed. Needless to say what a job this is.

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All this to be able to select the best Moringa leaves again in order to turn them into healthy food products.

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S5 Moringa Workshop at Baca-Villa

S5 Moringa Workshop at Baca-Villa

S5 Moringa Workshop at Baca-Villa

5S is a simple tool for organizing your workplace in a clean, efficient and safe manner to enhance your productivity, visual management and to ensure the introduction of standardized working.

The 5S method, which takes its name from the first letter of each of the five operations, is a Japanese management technique derived from the Toyota Production System (TPS). It is based on 5 simple principles.

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5 Steps of Seiri, Seiton, Seiso, Seiketsu and Shitsuke:

  1. Seiri :  sort means eliminating anything that is unnecessary for the equipment to work properly.
  2. Seiton :  straightening is the best way of eliminating pointless searching and having all the material necessary for functional production according to the principle: “a place for everything and everything in its place.”
  3. Seiso :  shining means keeping everything so clean that it shines.
    In a clean environment, any leak or other abnormality can be detected faster.
    Working in a clean environment improves motivation and safety. This is a prerequisite for quality maintenance.
  4. Seiketsu :  standardizing means respecting the previous 3S.
    The 3S are actions to take; so that cleanliness and elimination of the causes of untidiness become the norm, it is essential to write them down as ordinary rules, as standards.
    Seiketsu helps to overcome the natural tendency to slovenliness and a return to old habits.
  5. Shitsuke : sustain after a period of 3 to 6 months (depending on the size and complexity of the workshop), the time has come to evaluate the situation by means of an in-depth audit. The audit is based on a very precise questionnaire, which assesses the previous 4S, and which leads, if successful – to the site being certified.

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S5 Moringa Workshop at Baca-Villa

One of the many Moringa workshops by Baca-Villa

It promotes quality, productivity, interest in the product, involvement, motivation, responsibility, cooperation and much more ….

If you have any questions, please let us know

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Moringa Oleifera Leaves for Use in Clinical Studies

Moringa Oleifera Leaves for Use in Clinical Studies.

Moringa Oleifera Leaves for Use in Clinical Studies.

New method for extracting the beneficial compounds in Moringa identified

Cold (isothiocyanates-rich) moringa leaf powder teas will have the greatest chemoprotection potential.

A team of researchers from the Cullman Chemoprotection Center at Johns Hopkins University and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México led by Dr. Jed Fahey has developed a convenient and household-friendly method of extracting the beneficial compounds present in Moringa, a tropical plant native to central and southern Asia. The findings were published on July 9 in “Plant Food, Nutrition, and Human Health,” a special issue of the journal Nutrients.
https://chemoprotectioncenter.org/new-method-for-extracting-the-beneficial-compounds-in-moringa-identified/
Posted July 12, 2019 by Teresa Johnson

“The cold teas delivered a known dose of isothiocyanate. For clinical studies this is actually better because we know exactly what we’re delivering to people,” said Fahey. “We think this will be a great delivery vehicle in clinical trials involving children who have autism.”

Identifying the efficiency of these phytochemical extraction methods for creating teas from moringa will facilitate the delivery of moringa tea to both adults and children in future clinical trials to gauge their effects on a wide range of health conditions, including autism, diabetes, and hypertension.

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Baca-Villa PPP Organic sustainable supply chain Workshop at Cambodia

Baca-Villa PPP Organic sustainable supply chain Workshop at Cambodia.Baca-Villa PPP Organic sustainable supply chain Workshop at Cambodia.

Baca-Villa built the PPP project with local partners together with Pierre Fabre.

In June 2019, Baca-Villa organised a workshop for the project “Establishment of Education Partnerships and Qualification of Supply Chains in the Cambodian Agricultural Sector”. Baca-Villa is  a private Cambodian company which exports organic Moringa leaves. Baca-Villa built the PPP project with local partners together with Pierre Fabre, a French private company, Pierre Fabre. Baca-Villa is committed in different projects of development of new supply chain. This event follows a previous workshop on the extraction of seed oil by pressing, performed by Xavier PAGES (international oil pressing expert).

Before this workshop, a 2 days visit in the fields was the opportunity to explain the different steps of production, the organization between Baca-Villa and the farmers and to bring back examples of items for improving the quality. “This visit was a great opportunity for me to understand the organization, to make a short risk analysis of the environment and to promote good agricultural practices like hedges to increase biodiversity” explains Alexandre PANEL, the agronomist and quality of sustainable supply chain manager of Pierre Fabre.

The agronomist manager from Pierre Fabre was coming to share his experience on sustainable supply chain of herbs used in nutraceutic and cosmetic products. The main aims of this workshop were to :

  • Explain the different factors of herbs quality when you use it as a raw material for nutraceutical or cosmetic industry
  • Present the main standards of quality for agricultural, nutraceutical and cosmetic ingredients and especially what are the questions during such a customer’s audit
  • Explain the HACCP methodology and the documents asked for a cosmetic ingredient homologation
  • Explain what are the different items of sustainability on a supply chain of herbs, and what does the customers and the final consumer expect

Some examples of sustainable supply chain in Pierre Fabre products and how it is explained to the consumer.

In Siem Reap, the workshop on sustainable supply chain was organised during 3 days. 25 people belonging to different network joined this meeting: 10 people working for Baca-Villa c; 6 people working from the Institute of Technology of Cambodia with researchers specialized in food processing; teachers from the university of agronomy ; NGOs like Action Against Hunger… We shared examples of farmers ‘production all around the world to secure the industrial supply chain thanks a sustainable approach. The explanation of the agricultural, nutraceutical and cosmetic standards helps to start new project with trust.

During this workshop, different exchanges on legal minimum cost of work, child labour, hygienic rules in farms were hold. The main subjects were how can we improve the training of the farmers (who don’t know how to write) to be organic certified? What kind of tools can we use to train the farmers on the rules of traceability? With some examples in Madagascar, we shared some tools like pictures to explain the best time for harvest. To be sure that the farmers are committed to the new supply chain, in Brazil, NGOs make a survey to select the most committed community and organise workshops to train the farmers on good agricultural practices. “The key of success of sustainable supply chain is the well understanding of what all the third parties expect, from farmers to final consumers. A good sustainable supply chain contributes to secure industrial business and share the value at all the steps of production” says Alexandre PANEL, agronomist and quality of sustainable supply chain manager in Pierre Fabre.

So three wonderful days to share all those experience from Pierre Fabre and its approach Green Mission Pierre Fabre with Cambodian private company and NGO and researchers thanks a program financed by German cooperation.

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PIERRE FABRE

french pharmaceutical group

Pierre Fabre Laboratories, the second largest independent pharmaceutical group in France. Its activities cover all aspects of health care, from prescription drugs and dermo-cosmetics to family health products. It  has subsidiaries in over 40 countries, market products in over 130 countries, and employ 10,000 people worldwie. Pierre Fabre Research Institute is working since 2006 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, at the Joint Laboratory of Phytochemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, through a close partnership with the University of Health Sciences.

This collaboration focuses on the research and development of innovative plant-based ingredients, and the training of Cambodian pharmacist students in the field of natural products research. Vegetable oils are Pierre Fabre Group’s most used raw materials, especially in cosmetic products. Pierre Fabre group wishes to integrate original, ethic, and sustainable oils produced in Cambodia from Cambodian cultivated plants into its future products.

BACA VILLA

organic moringa producer

Baca Villa projects started in 2005, departing from the ownership of a guest house in the toutistic town of Siem Riep, Cambodia. Since 2010 they have started growing Moringa olifera trees. After realizing that it could be a sustainable and profitable project they decided to focus on the organic market, obtaining the ‘Organic’ certificatiton for EUR, USDA, NOP and JAS (Japanese Organic Standards) by Ecocert. Baca Villa manufactures Moringa with this label different types of products and sub-products. They have centered on making Tea, powder, tablets, oil, Soap, etc.Their activities and products are accommodated to the demand and different cycles of Moringa production. 

In their factory, they employ from 20 to 30 people depending on the stock and the customers’ requests. Instead of becoming a closed firm their aim is to extend the benefits of Moringa cultivation, commercialization and consume and they have organized training and consultancy in the field of agriculture,

Food safety and Quality Management for new entrepreneurs and farmers, focusing on:

  • Agricultural training

  • Theoretical and practical training: How to grow the Moringa tree and the benefits of the Moringa tree

  • Food hygiene and Quality Training

  • Basic hygiene for kitchen staff and hotel management.

  • Advanced hygiene training for kitchen staff and hotel management.

  • Hygiene training for food producing staff.
  • Internal audit training for ISO 9001 and Food safety management systems like HACCP, GMP and BRC

Baca Villa Co., in Siem Reap province are becoming pioneers in the creation of new jobs in agro-food sector and promoting the extension of this know-how to
other farmers.

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project partnership

The project partners Pierre Fabre and Baca Villa will jointly work on the proposed develoPPP.de project. Both project partners will set-up a team of experts who will engage in the training of farmers, technical staff and students. For the project supervision, suPPPort ltd. will be engaged, a sustainability consultancy with thorough experience in develoPPP.de projects. 

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Agriculture plays a prominent role in the everyday livelihoods of more than 56% of the total working-age population of Cambodia. Still, most families in rural remote areas do not have access to qualified education. Due to their financial situation and missing educational infrastructure, farmers have a lack of knowledge on cultivation improvement and new technologies. Organisations, companies or private institutions offering agricultural education are very often expensive and the education is very theoretical without necessary practical exposure.

Furthermore, the awareness of farmers and technical staff for international organic standards is very low. The International Organic Standard and the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety are becoming more important to compete in the international agriculture sector. Hence, qualified education in these topics were needed to be addressed.

In scope of the project, Pierre Fabre and Baca Villa will jointly tackle the farmers’ education in organic farming and cultivation of plants and herbs for vegetable oil manufacturing. They will train technical staff in the oil pressing process to convert plants and herbs into high-value oil, which may later be used for nutraceutical and cosmetic applications in Pierre Fabre’s products. Through the set-up of an external control lab and the support of Pierre Fabre in technical experts trainings, Baca Villa will be able to ensure that vegetable oils provided to Pierre Fabre and other international and local customers, meet the highest quality standards.

OBJECTIVES

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In the framework of the project, technical staff of Baca Villa and farmers will be trained in the skills needed to run an organic herb supply chain.  Each year Baca Villa technicians will receive training trough Pierre Fabre in the field of sustainable supply chain management and in the field of plant extraction. The trained technicians will pass on this knowledge with regard to oil manufacturing to technical experts in a 10-month education program (ToT) at Baca Villa. Also, employees of Baca Villa will receive training in BRC Global Standard for Food Safety which is regarded as the benchmark for compliance to best practice in food industry standards; and is an internationally recognized mark of food safety, quality and responsibility. 

Since the cultivation and farming of organic plants and herbs is the crucial first step in the supply chain, Baca Villa will train 100 Cambodian farmers in the Ecocert Organic Standard. After the successful training of 50 farmers in the first year, another 50 farmers will be trained in the second year. The goal is that at least 50 farmers will receive organic certification by Ecocert by the end of the project.

The farmers will be selected according to a criteria catalogue, including hard aspects as location of the farm, previous usage of pesticides, previous farmed products, watering of the field (where does it come from); as well as soft aspects as willingness to change and learn, attitude of farmer, poverty level (poorer farmers preferred).

The farmers will receive  workshops every second month. The workshops will be provided at the Baca Villa facilities as well as directly on the farms. CEDAC and the project partners Pierre Fabre and Baca Villa ensure the transport of the farmers to the venue and back. The content of the workshops will cover:

  • – Cultivation of organic plants and herbs
  • – Organic farming without pesticides
  • – Use of natural (organic) fertilizer and pesticides, which are allowed and approved by International organic law.
  • – Hazard analysis and critical control point (HACCP)
  • – Good Agriculture and Collection Practices (GACP)
  • – Quality standards
  • – Post-harvest services
  • – Food safety
  • – General life skills, income management, health and safety, hygiene

To foster knowledge-transfer to the industry, Baca Villa will also engage with the  DGRV – Deutsche Genossenschafts- und Raiffeisenverband e. V. based in Phnom Penh. The DGRV is connected to many local stakeholders that foster cooperatives in the agricultural sector. Also, Pierre Fabre and Baca Villa will cooperate with the Department of Chemical Engineering and Food Technology of ITC in order to build the capacity through knowledge and technical transfer and set-up  quality control activities related to plant-based ingredient at the ITC. Baca Villa will invite partner institutions to  annual workshops and various events to share know-how.

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IMPACT

The project is of high relevance for the developing country Cambodia, since theoretical and practical education is largely missing in the agriculture sector. Furthermore, goals in the project correlate with the Sustainable Development Goals (Agenda 2030) by the United Nations.

Farmers

Within the project, at least 100 farmers will be trained in Ecocert Organic Standard, including international social, environmental and quality standards and thus gain a higher qualification and competitiveness. They will also receive practical skills training in organic farming, hygienic harvesting, prune, advanced of nursery and HACCP. These workshops and trainings provide the currently missing education, which is highly important for the development of the agriculture sector. As a result, farmers in the region are gaining in attractiveness and thus secure their future viability. Baca Villa is aiming to start long-term business relations with at least 50 out of the 100 trained farmers.
SDG 1: No Poverty; SDG 4: Quality Education; SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production; SDG 15: Life on Land)

Technical Operators

Technical operators are crucial for the development of the sector and the introduction of new technologies. Through the 10-months training at Baca Villa by the formerly trained technicians and lecturer, at least 20 well-educated technical operators will be trained. This higher education increases their job-opportunities and they are likely to gain a higher income. (SDG 4: Quality Education)

Agriculture Sector

The thorough training of farmers helps to ensure an organic supply chain that can meet international standards. Education of technical operators enhances the productivity and competitiveness of companies and will ensure jobs. Since Pierre Fabre educates farmers and technical operators in the region, not only Baca Villa, but also many other companies in the region, which have similar professional backgrounds, will benefit from skilled future employees. These will contribute decisively to the agriculture sector’s development in the region. (SDG 1: No Poverty; SDG 4: Quality Education; SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production; SDG 15: Life on Land)

Academia

Students and lecturers will benefit from the project, since the education partnerships will give them access to international know-how and connectivity to the industry. (SDG 4: Quality Education)

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Genomics uncovers the mystery of the magic drumstick tree—Moringa oleifera

Genomics uncovers the mystery of the magic drumstick tree—Moringa oleifera

Genomics uncovers the mystery of the magic drumstick tree—Moringa oleifera

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Moringa oleifera, the horseradish tree. Credit: Mark A. Garland, hosted by the USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database.

This study shows that the leaves contain 30 times more iron and 100 times more calcium than spinach. “Indeed, iron, zinc and magnesium transporters were found to be highly abundant in the roots and stem parts of this tree,” says Dr. Naseer Pasha (1), first author of the paper.

The moringa (drumstick) tree has medicinal value and is a rich source of nutrients and minerals. Traditionally, its parts are known to confer multiple benefits, including anti-diabetic (leaves), cardio-protective (roots), anti-fertility (roots), anti-inflammatory (roots), anti-microbial (roots), anti-oxidative (leaves, flowers), anti-obesity (leaves) effects. Additionally, the seeds have been used for water purification and as lubricant oil, among other benefits.

A team of scientists led by Prof. R. Sowdhamini at the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bengaluru, has recently deciphered the moringa transcriptome by purifying and sequencing RNA from five different tissues (root, stem, flower, seed and leaf) of the tree. The tree tissues were collected from the Gandhi Krishi Vigyan Kendra campus of the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru. The sequencing data were analyzed using a combination of computational algorithms and wet-lab approaches. A full report has been published in the journal Genomics.

Moringa leaves, flowers and pods are commonly consumed. This study shows that the leaves contain 30 times more iron and 100 times more calcium than spinach. “Indeed, iron, zinc and magnesium transporters were found to be highly abundant in the roots and stem parts of this tree,” says Dr. Naseer Pasha (1), first author of the paper. One of the key enzymes required for the production of vitamin C is also expressed at a significant ratio, in all the five tissues studied.

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This tree of sub-Himalayan origin requires very little attention and can survive in arid regions. The transcriptome data indicates multiple stress-responsive genes such as C2H2 and Myb gene families. Together, it provides compelling evidence that this plant is a “superfood,” and can provide nutritional sustenance during droughts.

A total of 36 candidate genes were tracked in this study from all five tissues. These include the synthesizing enzymes for compounds (flavonoids, terpenoids, vitamins and alkaloids like moringine) and transporters of minerals. Among these, the bioactive compounds of medicinal value such as quercetin (effective in metabolic disorders) and its synthesizing enzymes are observed more in leaves and flowers. Kaempferol (effective as anti-cancer agent) was observed to be abundant in the flowers.

The transcript of an enzyme that enables the synthesis of moringine/ benzylamine, usually observed in bacteria, is highly expressed in Moringa seeds. Moringine is perhaps transported to the roots and is known to improve glucose tolerance and lipid metabolism in mammals. The Ursolic acid and Oleanolic acid products and synthesizing enzymes are observed more in the roots and are known to act as anti-fertility and anti-cancer agents. “A total of 17000 transcripts have been observed and it was a bioinformatics challenge to identify the candidate genes,” says Dr. Adwait Joshi who is part of the team. Sowdhamini’s group combined and compared the data with the already available Moringa oleifera genome sequence from a group in China (Tian et al., 2015).

“Uncovering the details of the enzymes that lend Moringa its medicinal values, demonstrates the power of genomics. Together, with the commercial applications, such as the use of Moringa leaves in water purification and oleic acid in the oil extracts, this study could pave the way for this plant in the field of biotechnology,” says Prof. R. Sowdhamini. Like with the paper on Tulsi (2), this is yet another attempt by the research group to unravel the mysteries of Indian medicinal plants.

Tropical plant called moringa shows promise in health, anti-aging products.
Provided by National Centre for Biological Sciences

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