A Celebration of Hard Work, Faith and Success

When our team at INMED South Africa began an adaptive agriculture project with the all-female Pella Food Garden cooperative in 2017, the members had been struggling to farm their drought-ravaged land for eight years but could not generate enough income to utilize all their land or buy inputs. All the members had to rely on government assistance to make ends meet. Co-op leader Ester Nell, however, believed that implementing climate-adaptive technologies would not only help them survive but thrive.

On November 22, this Northern Cape farming cooperative will celebrate 2 major agricultural awards, a 60-fold increase in revenue and the launch of Phase II of their incredibly successful project with INMED and Old Mutual.

The event will showcase the various techniques the co-op implemented to improve their traditional agriculture practices as well as provide public tours of their climate-smart aquaponics system.

Phase II of the Pella project will focus on capacity-building and sustainable profitability through market expansion, further training and the addition of a production processing room and cold storage facility. The group will learn new farm management skills, such as marketing, risk management, financial management and labor management. INMED South Africa also will build community support by launching an environmental education programme for the local primary school and providing extensive training for local agricultural extension officers to deliver ongoing technical support after project completion.

For more information, contact Janet Ogilvie at jogilvie@inmed.org.

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Feeling in the mood for a comforting but healthy stew but aren’t sure where to start? If you’re INMED South Africa’s KG Manyaga, you start with a freshly caught catfish from an INMED Aquaponics system! In a stewpot over medium heat, saute diced onion, carrot and bell peppers in vegetable oil until tender. Add minced garlic, paprika, cumin, coriander and turmeric and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes.

Add a can of diced tomatoes, broth, tangerine zest and bay leaf. Cover and bring to a boil. Add diced potatoes and cook for 10 minutes.

Season your cleaned and diced catfish with salt and pepper and add to your stew. Cover and simmer until the potatoes are tender and the fish is cooked, about 7 to 10 minutes depending upon the thickness of the fish. Stir in some fresh cilantro and crushed red chili flakes. Enjoy!
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Climate change is alive and well is Northern Cape. With the region declared a disaster zone due to prolonged drought, most traditional farmers have given up on the sun-baked terrain. But not the Pella Food Garden. This all-female farming cooperative is producing lush harvests year-round, despite extreme climate events—while steadily increasing their revenues and winning awards. Their secret? INMED Aquaponics and Adaptive Agriculture. Learn more at https://inmed.sa and https://inmed.org/aquaponics.
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Our #HealthinAction kids will get you up and moving -- just like they do with their Health in Action Break Time Buddies!
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School is out for summer break, but good health never takes a vacation. Take time to move your body to music. It’s fun and good for your health!
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Dancing for Better Health
Students at Diepsloot Primary School in Johannesburg, South Africa learn that daily exercise can take many forms at this Health in Action Fun Day at their sc...

Enjoying #catfish stew @OldMutualSA funded community #aquaponics enterprise at Pella Food Garden, Northern Cape. Producing fresh fish and vegetables for remote communities https://t.co/cAjwTnvlOt INMEDSA photo

The INMED South Africa Story

Since 2006, INMED South Africa has been working in collaboration with a wide range of corporate, foundation and government partners to transform the health, lives and opportunities of tens of thousands of South Africa’s most vulnerable children. Incorporated under Section 21 in 2011, INMED South Africa is a registered non-profit organization (NPC/PBO) recognized by the Department of Social Development and SARS. Our programmes are built on similar models that parent organization INMED Partnerships for Children has delivered in more than 100 countries (including 15 sub-Saharan African nations) over the past 32 years.


INMED South Africa’s programmes focus on challenges unique to South Africa. Our collaborative approach creates pathways for disadvantaged children and their families to achieve self-reliance and success–not only for themselves but also for their communities and the next generation. INMED’s programmes focus on challenges unique to South Africa, including:


  • Food security via the use of adaptive agriculture and the implementation of aquaponics
  • Child and community health via school gardens, nutrition education and healthy lifestyle training to combat obesity and malnutrition
  • Economic and social development via adaptive agriculture for disadvantaged families and communities

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There are various ways you can become involved with INMED South Africa, from donating seeds through the Seeds for Life programme to volunteering, to learning how to protect our environment via one of the INMED training workshops, for more information on ways INMED South Africa can help in your community please contact us.


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Success Stories

A Path Out of Poverty— Khunedi Mashishi

Khunedi Mashishi is the epitome of what INMED South Africa strives to accomplish with its Health in Action programme (HIA). An 11-year- old fifth grade student at Paradise Bend Primary School in Diepsloot, Gauteng, Khunedi is an avid cross-country runner. She has won 32 medals since she started competitive running in 2013. In fact, Khunedi runs so fast that her school mates have nicknamed her Caster after 2016 Olympic Gold Medal runner Caster Semenya.


So, it was great news when Khunedi was invited to compete in South Africa’s junior national cross country championship. It seemed unlikely that she would…

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