Drought has struck again in the African Sahel. Most of these people are nomadic herdsmen and there is no grass or forage left. War in Mali has sent millions of refugees pouring over the border into Niger, where conditions are no better.
They have, as far as I know, no aquaponics.
Aquaponics is an organic food factory that produces up to four times more food than conventional soil agriculture, using 90% less land and WATER than conventional agriculture in the process. This is revolutionary.
No expensive chemical fertilizers or pesticides are needed or can be used. Not only do you get vegetables and soft fruit such as melons out of an aquaponic system farm, but also tonnages of TILAPIA FISH to solve the famine problem. Using far less water than conventional farming.
So you can provide the refugees with food, stop the famine, and also, after a little basic on-site tilapia fish aquaculture and horticulture training, jobs and skills to take them further in life.
Famine, given this aquaponics technology, can be eradicated quite quickly. Green leafy vegetables such as lettuce and cabbage varieties come out of an aquaponics system as harvest only 8 weeks after switching it on, and continue to be harvested weekly thereafter, as long as the aquaponics system is correctly managed and maintained.
This is only intermediate technology and can be run of alternative energy systems such as concentrated solar power and anaerobic digesters.
The tilapia fish and vegetables all are in tanks, in a closed-circuit recirculating aquaculture system. This system can be built and set into motion within eight weeks of the equipment and stock ( tilapia fish fingerlings and seeds) arriving on site.
Only a half horsepower pump and two regenerating blowers (air pumps for water aeration) are needed to service 0.05 of a hectare of aquaponics system. This produces 5 metric tonnes of tilapia fish and weekly continous harvests of vegetables in quantity.
These units can be built using simple materials like concrete and plastic water piping.
Here at Aquaponics Global we are available as consultants on contract to mitigate famine and food security emergencies using aquaponics technology anywhere on the planet, for reasonable fees. We are all multilingual expatriates with years of experience of coping with unusual and stressful conditions and have the requisite qualifications and experience to be rapidly effective in problem-solving on the spot in our various disciplines of aquaponics, aquaculture, construction (architecture), and business administration.
If you are a logistics professional looking for rapid ways of slowing or halting famine situations in drought areas without needing vast inputs of fertilizer, water, and expensive genetically altered organisms, Aquaponics Global can help. Why not give us a call?
» Get Skype, call free!