SA: Aquaponics social enterprise launched as need for food production grows

Inmed Partnerships for Children, a global humanitarian development organisation, has announced the launch of its first Inmed Aquaponics Social Enterprise in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng, South Africa.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened awareness of the critical need for local food production that can be adapted to local conditions,” says Dr. Linda Pfeiffer, founder and CEO of Inmed Partnerships for Children.

“Yet more than just providing food security, the Inmed Ase was designed to act as a powerful catalyst in transitioning historically disadvantaged populations, including people with disabilities, women and youth, from subsistence to commercial (market-based) agricultural production using climate-smart aquaponics,” she says.

Inmed South Africa Director, Unathi Sihlahla, says over the past 10 years Inmed has developed an innovative, simplified form of aquaponics and a unique implementation model to deliver inclusive and sustainable food production in regions hard hit by climate change. This model has been tested on three continents, with operations in more than a dozen locations in South Africa, including in schools and with cooperatives led by women and people with disabilities. “It is ready to scale nationally, and we are very proud to be launching the first global site. The Inmed  Ase is definitely the next step in transforming struggling communities into thriving climate-smart hubs of self-reliance,” he says.

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