Konso is one among the eight special Woredas (districts) in the southern nations, nationalities and peoples’ regional state (SNNPRS). Its hilly and mountainous land have been under cultivation on rain fed terrace fields for hundreds of years turning this mix farming agriculture Konso’s main economy source.
Konso hard working people managed to survive in the marginal environment using indigenous knowledge and skills in water and soil conservation practice that enabled them to make optimal use of unfavourable terrain and climatic conditions in innovative manner, by curving the land and putting organic fertilizers like animal dung and stocks of the cereal crops as a survival strategy over centuries.
This creative and noble work culture qualified Konso people in 1995 with the UN green prize among the best fifty communities all over the globe and additionally Konso landscape was recognized and registered as historical heritage Site by UNESCO in 2011.
Konso used moringa stenopetala for last 100 and 100 of years as day to day supplement food. This plant has been beneficial for Konso community for its high nutrient composition as the basis of their food and it will also be beneficial within the developed countries as supplement and healthy food in the organic markets.
Because of its abundance and enormous supply in Konso, excess moringa was until now thrown as trash and farm waste. Through this production chain this waste opens a door for trading for an isolated region and thereby a source of income for this local community living under poverty.