Bouke Kappers

Lead Consultant

Wageningen, Netherlands

About Me

Bouke is an inventive hands-on person with a natural curiosity for innovative solutions that can be applied in any business context. Translating new technologies to fit local circumstances is something he gets enthusiastic about. He has strong entrepreneurial skills and he dares to take the next step when he sees the opportunity. Bouke has years of experience in working and living in all corners of Africa with the aim to develop agribusinesses activities. His specialization is on aquaponics, hydroponics and other water saving technologies. He has obtained both his BSc and MSc in International land & water management at Wageningen University, with minors in education and irrigation management.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 12 September 2017 at 08:30

I'd like to share some thoughts on the recent developments around Aquaponics and Hydroponics in Africa and Asia. Would love to hear your comments and experiences:

Aquaponics: A sustainable business model!?

“Talking with restaurant owners all around Ethiopia we picked up many frustrations about the supply of vegetables they were receiving. Often vegetables were out of stock for weeks, arriving half rotten or even delivered with traces of pesticides. After observing their response to our aquaponics vegetables, we realized that with aquaponics we had to key to solving many of these urban food supply issues.”  

Commercial aquaponics has rooted itself in the growing sustainable food movement in the west. Production numbers are increasing, improvements are made on organic pest management and nutrient control is being optimized. Despite these positive developments, profitability still is an issue for many western growers, but not so in emerging urban markets of Asia and A

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Gizaw Legesse A few months ago, we featured an entrepreneur who use plastic bottles to grow vegetables in a semi aquaponic system using Algae as source of nutrients. This member thinks, his project is cost effective, a means for achieving food security, a solution for getting healthy food, and a contribution for environment protection. Personally, I liked the idea - and sure would like to try it home. Dear Bouke, thank you for sharing this, and please take a look at this article about the project I mentioned above:

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