Disabled Free State farmers are feeding their communities through aquaponic farming

FREE STATE, SOUTH AFRICA (15 April 2020): The lives of nearly 100 disabled farmers in the Free State province have been turned around thanks to INMED AquaponicsTM led by the knowledgeable and compassionate Mantombi Madona, an adaptive agriculture facilitator and trainer for INMED South Africa.

Aquaponics is an innovative and highly intensive food production technique that combines aquaculture (fish farming) and hydroponics (soilless crop growing) in a closed system that is easily scalable to meet the needs of smallholder farmers, schools, government institutions, commercial enterprises and even home gardeners. It is climate-change resilient and is highly accommodating to individuals with disabilities.… Read the rest...

INMED’s agricultural training empowers disabled women and youth in the Free State

South Africans with disabilities, especially women, continue to face disproportionate rates of food insecurity, unemployment, illiteracy, and poverty amid economic, political, and social exclusion. The more than 230 000 people with disabilities who live in Free State province have been especially hard-hit due to a combination of climate change-driven drought, floods, and lack of access to meaningful educational and employment opportunities.

INMED’s Adaptive Agriculture Program (AAP) has benefitted nearly 100 disabled small-scale farmers – mostly women and youth— at three co-ops in the Free State province since the beginning of this year.
Over the last two years, INMED South Africa, a registered non-profit organization affiliated to INMED Partnership for Children, has made significant progress in bolstering the capacity of people with disabilities to adapt to climate change.… Read the rest...

Community Resources During COVID-19

Dear INMED Families: 

To protect our children and families, the INMED Family & Youth Opportunity Center is following the recommendation of Loudoun County Public Schools to CLOSE until schools reopen.   

We understand you may be especially hard hit by the containment measures associated with combating the Coronavirus. So, although our center is closed, our staff is working diligently to make sure you and your family are supported during this challenging time.Whether it’s accessing resources for your children to attend school remotely while Loudoun County Public Schools are closed or linking you to job placement services if you’re a laid-off hourly worker or helping your family with groceries, INMED’s Family & Youth Opportunity Center is here for you. … Read the rest...