Climate-Smart INMED Aquaponics® Become food-secure and economically self-sufficient LEARN MORE Meet Kararegra Mashava Farm Manager at the first INMED Aquaponics® Social Enterprise (ASE) in South Africa, the charm of farming lies in working with living organisms, “which teach you something new every day.” Microgreens: These tender baby greens are packed with nutrients and flavor, fetching top prices from restaurants and generating revenue to grow the INMED ASE social impact. LEARN MORE

WHO WE ARE

About the INMED ASE

The INMED Aquaponics® Social Enterprise (INMED ASE) is a program of INMED Partnerships for Children, an international humanitarian development organization that has improved the lives of vulnerable people in more than 100 countries since 1986. Through multisector partnerships and in-country affiliates, INMED builds effective systems that deliver innovative approaches to break complex cycles of poverty for current and future generations. INMED’s programs in climate-smart agriculture and aquaponics, maternal and child health and nutrition, and economic development have made a sustainable impact on the lives of millions of children and their families. 

INMED’s affiliates in Latin America, the Caribbean, South Africa and the U.S. all have long and successful track records of leveraging the power of partnerships and pioneering solutions to build pathways for vulnerable children, families and communities to achieve well-being and self-reliance. The INMED ASE is INMED’s latest revolutionary approach to mitigating the interrelated issues of poverty, food security, nutrition, economic development and exclusion, by preparing subsistence producers and their communities to adapt to climate change while conserving natural resources and increasing access to economic and technical assets.

For more information about INMED Partnerships for Children’s programs and partners, visit https://inmed.org.

The INMED ASE is an initiative of international NGO INMED Partnerships for Children, which has been implementing social impact programmes in more than 100 countries since 1986. INMED South Africa is the first to implement this trailblazing programme.

Leadership

Management Team

Linda Pfeiffer, Ph.D.

Linda Pfeiffer, Ph.D.

President and CEO

INMED Partnerships for Children

Kristin Callahan, MS

Kristin Callahan, MS

Chief Operating Officer

INMED Partnerships for Children

Unathi Sihlahla

Unathi Sihlahla

Programme Director

INMED South Africa

Janet Lee Ogilvie

Janet Lee Ogilvie

Operations Manager

INMED South Africa

Dr. Sandra Pretorius

Dr. Sandra Pretorius

Programme Manager

INMED South Africa

Kararegra Mashava

Kararegra Mashava

Farm Manager IASE Centre

INMED South Africa

Petrus Tsotetsi

Petrus Tsotetsi

Facilitator and Trainer

INMED South Africa

INMED ASE Trainers

The members of Pella Food Garden Cooperative, consisting of five women (one of whom is disabled), struggled to farm their land for eight years but could not generate enough income to utilise all their land or buy inputs. Pella is located on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, with a dwindling agriculture sector and an increasing number of distressed communities due to worsening climate events. All the members had to rely on government assistance to make ends meet. Today, they are training other subsistence farmers as part of the INMED ASE program.

Within one year of implementing INMED’s climate-smart farming techniques and aquaponics, the co-op increased its revenue stream sixty-fold and have garnered numerous regional and national awards for their agro-enterprise.

In partnership with Old Mutual, INMED South Africa installed a commercial-sized aquaponics system for the Pella Food Garden cooperative as well as a commercial-weight shade cloth for the group’s adaptive agriculture vegetable garden. INMED’s AgriSETA accredited team also helped the co-op install a drip irrigation system and facilitated training for a full year. 

In addition to receiving technical training in adaptive agriculture, the Pella co-op members learned computer skills, accounting, business planning, marketing and sales via training from INMED and Old Mutual. 

After INMED’s projected in Pella ended in 2019, the cooperative has continued to thrive, despite the odds. In spite of drought, floods and swarms of locusts, their INMED Aquaponics system has consistently produced fresh vegetables to the local primary school on a weekly basis as well as a sustainable supply of affordable fresh food to the impoverished community. The enterprise also added a commercial production facility to package picked vegetables and has created more than a dozen jobs for community members. 

Now, we’re pleased to add another facet to the Pella Food Garden enterprise by becoming trainers for the INMED ASE. “INMED Aquaponics® has made a significant difference in our lives and has attracted interest in our project that we’ve never had before,” says co-op leader Esther Nell. “We will continue to grow our business, provide jobs in our community and help train other farmers in aquaponics.”

Our Partners

The INMED ASE is an initiative of INMED Partnerships for Children with seed funding from Mondelēz International via its new Sustainable Futures impact investing platform, which seeks to incubate, finance and support self sustaining ventures that address key challenges in the world. INMED South Africa is facilitating the first INMED ASE in South Africa.

The evolution of the INMED ASE also has been more than a decade in the making, with pilot projects throughout South Africa, Jamaica and Latin America. The first INMED ASE in South Africa is made possible by a culmination of support from a variety of forward-thinking partners, including the Mondelēz International Foundation, Air Products, USAID, Old Mutual, BioTherm, the South Africa Offices of the President, the Ministries of Agriculture and Education, the Rupert Foundation, the City of Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela University, among others.

Become a Partner

The INMED ASE relies on a variety of multi-sector partners to accomplish its mission–from in-kind gifts of resources and expertise to financial support. We invite you to learn more about becoming a partner. Join our team! Email contact@inmed.org to learn how.