Adaptive Agriculture and Aquaponics

Adaptive Agriculture Program

More than a billion people in the world today are hungry because they are poor. And that number will likely increase as climate change further threatens the food security and livelihoods of subsistence farmers.

According to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) the world currently produces enough food for everyone. The challenge, however, is in overcoming inequality caused by lack of access, poor agricultural management practices, declining water resources, changing weather patterns and a lack of knowledge about potential adaptive measures—all making for food insecurity among the most vulnerable populations. Indeed, the academic journal Science published a study suggesting that, due to climate change, “southern Africa could lose more than 30% of its main crop, maize, by 2030.”

Through its Adaptive Agriculture Program, INMED Partnerships for Children is dedicated to establishing sustainable food programs that improve food security, conserve natural resources, promote strategies for adaptation to climate change, provide opportunities for income generation, and inspire this generation of farmers and fishermen and the next.

With programs on the ground in Jamaica, South Africa and Peru, immediate plans for Brazil, aquaponics is a key component of INMED’s Adaptive Agriculture program model.

A community that establishes a successful aquaponics system will:

  • Strengthen the ability of youth, farmers, fishermen and other community members to understand and respond to the effects of climate change
  • Provide new and adaptive opportunities for income generation
  • Strengthen the capacity of local organizations to assume a leadership role in addressing climate change and ensuring food security and income generation for their members/beneficiaries

Thousands of youth, households, small farmers, fishermen and entrepreneurs can reap the benefits of a community’s successful aquaponics system.