Food Security

Adaptive Agriculture

INMED’s Adaptive Agriculture Programme focuses on achieving food security and sustainable income generation by strengthening local capacity to understand and address climate change, while resolving interrelated issues of environmental degradation, water scarcity and poverty.  A key component of this programme is aquaponics, an innovative and highly intensive food production technique that combines aquaculture (fish farming) with hydroponics (soilless crop growing) in a closed system that is easily scalable to meet the needs of smallholder farmers, schools and commercial enterprises. Benefits of aquaponics include:

  • Crop production at least 10 times higher than equivalently sized plots traditionally cultivated
  • No chemical fertilizers or pesticides
  • Water consumption 85-90% less than traditional irrigation techniques
  • Energy consumption 75% less than mechanized agriculture
  • Significantly less labour than traditional farming, making it accessible to individuals with disabilities
  • Year-round crop production

INMED’s adaptive agriculture experts also work with traditional farmers to teach them strategies for conserving resources, growing drought-resistant crops and expanding their operations to include livestock, such as chickens to provide immediate income and food for their families. Click here to read one of our success stories.

Climate Change and Environment

As the country is faces its worst drought on record, INMED South Africa is partnering with government agencies, communities and commercial enterprises to provide relief and innovative techniques for adapting to climate change realities. One of the many provinces severely affected is Limpopo, where INMED is implementing drought relief initiatives in select communities. One such community is the Pjapjamela village, which has no municipal water supply for its 140 households and preschool. The Pjapjamela Women Cooperative selected for the first drought-relief project.

 

With the support of SAB, INMED has installed a fully functioning borehole with an additional 5000L water tank 2 as well as a generator for the Pjapjamela Women Cooperative to pump water, as there is no electricity on the property. INMED also supplied a drip irrigation system to cover 0.5 hectare and ensure water conservation, along with seeds, basic gardening equipment and training on vegetable production and drip irrigation maintenance to better conserve resources and generate higher crop yields. Click here for more information about this project.

 

INMED and SAB are exploring other climate change projects together in the region.

The INMED Aquaponics logo symbolises the symbiotic relationship of fish and plants in an aquaponics system.

 

This brand is the guarantee of chemical- and pesticide-free produce of the highest quality and is only used on produce grown in an INMED system.

AgriSeta

INMED South Africa has received the AgriSETA accreditation as a certified provider of mixed-use agriculture education and training. 

 

AgriSETA is a national agricultural sector education training authority that creates and promotes opportunities for social, economic and employment growth for agri-enterprises through relevant, quality and accessible education, training and development in both primary and secondary agriculture, in conjunction with other agricultural education programmes such as INMED’s adaptive agriculture and aquaponics initatives.