Organisation: Green Leaf Protein

Cycle: 2018 International

Type: Climate mitigation

Sector: Land use

Status: Shortlisted

Stage: Pilot ready 

 

Requested input: Green Leaf Protein needs finance and exposure to implement their idea. Funding for supply chain expansion; farming implements. Financing for Mobile Ingredient. Refinery Processing Units; extraction, drying, packing. Exposure and marketing funds to highlight the intervention, draw interest and private finance. Supply chain expansion will require funding for farm expansion project = 25,000-35,000 Euro (seeking grant & private finance).

Green Leaf Protein has designed a sustainable plant-based protein from the moringa plant that can be locally grown in developing countries, starting in Ghana and then scaling all over the world. It is a product that can grow under arid and tropical conditions, absorbs carbon and puts nitrogen back into the soil. Replacing animal protein and soy.

Green Leaf Protein offers a sustainable, plant-based alternative made from moringa leaves, using a mobile protein extraction unit. Moringa can be locally grown (also in arid places!), so no need to import soy and animal protein from other continents, or to cut down rainforests to grow moringa. Permaculture agroforestry of moringa solves “crop per drop” low water impact food crop systems that deliver dense nutrition that includes plant-based protein. Thus, the crop expansion into Sub Saharan Africa would increase farmer revenue as a food ingredient and malnutrition solution that can be grown in a drought tolerant manner and processed regionally. Reforestation and enhancement of the soil. To strengthen the supply chain Green Leaf Protein needs to plant many moringa trees. This way, this project reduces the expansion of the Sub Saharan desert. The trees produce human food and oil, shade and erosion control. Moringa trees have the quality to enhance the quality of the soil.

Investment interest has been expressed in the ingredient refinery processing units and also for the ingredient formulas. Investors are seeking patentable units and ingredient formulas. Ingredient manufacturers will be potential private investment partners. This business case will attract investors for monetary and social reasons (mitigation, creating jobs, reforestation etc.). The project holds the promise to mobilize substantial private investment in the next three years. Private investment interests will focus on three areas of the project; (1) mobile ingredient processing refinery units, (2) reforestation (supply chain) and (3) plant protein ingredient formulas. The project has a clear, innovative and viable business case. Green Leaf Protein has the potential for upscaling and it contributes to climate mitigation via reforestation, soil enhancement, replacing soy and animal protein and producing locally instead of imported protein.