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:
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
March 3, 2017 (More Pictures)
Ethiopia’s urban population is more than 19.5%, according to 2015 data. One should even more be concerned about the urbanization rate – 4.89%. In a country with food security the first priority, it should be called being conscious to think of options for the future. And Yihun Seid says, “Urban agriculture is inevitable.”
Vertical Farming + (semi) Hydroponic System
You might recall an Article posted here, on AgriProFocus, about one of our member whom I visited his vertical farm made of bamboo structures. Today, I will introduce you another member who constructed a vertical farm in his compound (around Goro, Addis Ababa) while installing a unique hydroponic system by considering not only food security and economic advantages, but also environmental and social values.
Yihun’s vertical vegetable farm rested on 24m2 land, and has four level vertical platforms s... Read more
What happens when you take a concept, add a generous amount of seed funding and a dash of well-targeted mentorship to it ?
Chaos…the organised variety, that is.
6 months post-GCARD 3 and the desert greenhouse that I made my YAP proposal about is finally taking shape. Here’s a brief look into its genesis.
There would be no use building the greenhouse if we had no potential customers lined up. Our thoughts on who would make the best early adopters were centred around;
Whether the school was within a drought prone region – to be a candidate, the school would have to either be within an already established feeding program or suffer from the fluctuation of food prices within periods of drought.
Distance from Nairobi and accessibility – a closer site would allow us to make regular visits during the trial period.
Whether the school incorporated Agricultural and Business studies within its curriculum – having the greenhouse would be a unique... Read more
Appolinaire is part of the Shape & Lead project of CATALIST-2. He has set up a very innovative Hydroponic greenhouse for potato mini tubers in Musanze, Rwanda. Hydroponic is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil.
Shape & Lead collaborates with BidNetwork, Ejo and AgriProFocus.