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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

Dr. Ntobeko Mchunu

Dr. Ntobeko Mchunu

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

INMED’s vision is to transform the future of vulnerable children around the world. As our name suggests, we have not set out to do it alone. Working with a worldwide coalition of corporations, governments, and foundations, our programs have transformed the lives of millions of children and families across the globe. Our alliances with local and multinational partners create a strong foundation for children’s health and education, inspire communities to invest in their children’s futures, and create new opportunities for children to maximize their potential and achieve lifelong success.

INMED ASE is made possible in collaboration with these partners. Special thanks to the Sustainable Futures program of Mondelēz Global LLC for providing seed funding to launch the INMED ASE.

Become a Partner

For too many children around the world, their hope for the future is not matched by opportunity. Facing poverty, poor health, lack of education and living in broken families and violent communities, a generation of children is at risk. INMED’s mission is to transform the future of vulnerable children today and for future generations by building pathways to achieve well-being and self-reliance. We do this by creating a continuity of care and support for healthy development from infancy to adulthood. The process of transformation that begins with a child carries over to his family and community, creating real, meaningful and sustainable change that crosses generations and breaks the cycle of poverty.

As our name suggests, we rely on partners to make our work possible. Our alliances with private- and public-sector partners–as well as individual donors–create a strong foundation for children’s health and education, inspire communities to invest in their children’s futures and generate new opportunities for children to fulfill their potential and achieve lifelong success. Join our team! Email contact@inmed.org to learn how.