Hungry children are often sick, slower to develop and have a difficult time learning, leading to lower academic achievement. These children, who grow up in poverty and know daily hunger, are at an unfair disadvantage that can last a lifetime.
By installing a commercial-scale aquaponic unit at Carel de Wet Technical High School in Vanderbijlpark, South Africa, INMED is changing the lives of such students and the community. This innovative farming technique that combines fish farming with soilless crop production will free these disadvantaged children from the burdens of hunger and malnutrition. The new system provides fish and vegetable crops that supplement and enhance the nutritional value of the students' school meals. The school will also sell the surplus produce collected during school holidays to generate income.
As an added benefit, by studying and maintaining INMED’s newly constructed aquaponic unit, the students will learn how to grow food in a supportable and ecological way, giving them essential skills for future career opportunities in aquaponics, farming and construction, and helping to support a new generation in the community.
INMED, in partnership with Air Products, installed the aquaponic system at Carel de Wet Technical High School on August 28, 2013.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) established October 16 as World Food Day over 30 years ago to unite the world in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty. The theme for World Food Day 2013 is “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition
.” INMED believes that creating sustainable food systems is the key to eradicating hunger and poverty and we have been committed to this cause for 27 years. Through our Adaptive Agriculture Program, INMED is providing food and income generation for small farmers in poverty-stricken countries around the world. INMED’s customized, innovative aquaponic food production units, like the one just installed in Vanderbijlpark, South Africa, requires 85% less water, no chemical fertilizers and is 10 times as productive as equivalently sized traditional plots.
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