AquaRAF

The goal of this project is food independence in rural Namibia by educating people to build sustainable aquaponics structures that can be constructed on site using mostly local materials. Participants will be taught how to maintain and operate their own completely sustainable food plant that will grow fish,vegetables, and moringa as potent nutritional supplement and BSF larvae as a viable alternative to fishmeal. This approach will provide participants with extra income through selling surplus produce at local markets, thereby increasing self-sufficiency

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About This Innovation

Innovation Stats

Funding Goal ($): 
Funding Raised ($): 
$0
What phase of development is your innovation currently in?: 
Potential Lives Impacted: 
2,113,000
Actual Lives Impacted: 
0
Potential Lives Saved: 
704,000
Actual Lives Saved: 
0
Cost Per Unit ($): 
Cost Per Beneficiary ($): 
$1,200
Where did you create your innovation?: 
In what Region do you expect your Innovation to be utilized?: 
Africa
Middle East
Where have you implemented your innovation?: 

How does your innovation work?

Initially, it all starts with smallholder farmers as they play a crucial role in providing nutritious and affordable food to their communities all year around, especially in rural areas. Mobilize the Community, this ensures effective management of project. During this phase, we educate the community on the project and its benefits, "Hands-On" and "On-line" Aquaponics training workshops & Training Manuals for farmers

Form local committees from the project locations that will oversee the aquaponics systems, this develops project ownership and sustenance. At this stage the local committee will pick a spot in their facilities where the aquaponics system will be set up

Absolutely empowering women can help unlock agriculture’s potential to reduce hunger if women farmers had the same access to resources as men, they could increase their crop yields by 30% and the number of hungry in the world could be reduced by up to 150 million

Purchase locally available materials such as Drums/ Barrels for growbeds, gravel, framework material, etc., Manufactured modular systems and DIY Aquaponic kits for Home backyards, Rooftops, Education, Community and Commercial installations

Purchase remainder of materials from hardware stores, i.e. solar water pumps, PVC parts, hardware, solar panels, etc.

Build the aquaponics system on site and make sure it works with trial tests, then fill fish tank with non-contaminated fresh water and the grow beds with cleaned gravel

Stock the fish tank with Tilapia fingerlings obtained from the Namibia Fisheries department and plant seeds of various edible plants such as Spinach,Cabbage, Peas,and Moringa on the growbeds

After the fish are harvested, new fingerlings will be introduced to re-stock the fish in the fish tank. The Moringa on the growbeds will be self-replenishing and most of the veggies will be fully grown after just four weeks with little maintenance

It takes 1-2 days to build and fully test the aquaponics system so long as all the building materials are available. The Tilapia fish will be grown within 4-6 months after being stocked in the fish tank. Fish feed will be on-farm Black Soldier Fly larvae

The harvested fish, vegetables and Moringa can be sold at a local market and the proceeds from the sales with parallel activities to enhance marketing of aquaculture produce will help sustain the aquaponics system and the community. The aquaponics system requires little maintenance as long as the fish are fed from the BSF larvae and vegetables grown within the growbeds of the system

Do you have current users or testers?

Dr. James Rakocy a former Research Professor of Aquaculture at UVI proved that Aquaponics could stand side by side with standard hydroponics in terms of plant production and plant quality

http://www.uvi.edu/research/agricultural-experiment-station/aquaculture-home/aquaponic-systems/default.aspx

http://theaquaponicsdoctors.com/our-story.php

https://www.mcgill.ca/bioeng/files/bioeng/KeithTatjana2010.pdf

What Evidence do you have that your Innovation works?

One major objective of this pilot project testing the viability of growing Moringa using a closed loop aquaponics system, thus to present Moringa powder supplementation as an immune stimulant for HIV+ people, particularly those who cannot afford good nutrition and medicines in Namibia.

https://www.iasociety.org/Abstracts/A3531.aspx

Provide a status update for your Innovation.

Aquaponics is the most sustainable and productive farming system in the world. It offers a better way to grow food in the newest, freshest, and most gree nway possible. It can be a sustainable solution to food insecurity and has huge potential to be used by developing countries. Aquaponics is more cost-effective than traditional farming techniques, uses way less water that traditional farming, uses zero fossil fuels, uses up to 85% less energy than conventional farming, and grows plants faster and closer together and able to get up to 10x more production than farming in the soil.

Green pods of Moringa are used traditionally as human food, tender leaves, flowers, and oil from seeds. Moringa is fed fresh tied as a bunch and dipped in the water. Fish eat fresh leaves usually after about 12-14 hours without having to buy much feed and leaves are a highly nutritious feed supplementto the diet of herbivorous fish. They are particularly useful for raising fish like Tilapia and carp species and provide additional protein and vitamins that can improve the growth and health of these fish.
Moringa is considered to be one of the most nutrient rich plant food source found on earth. It naturally contains nutrient such as Vitamins and Minerals, Antioxidants, and all of the Essential Amino Acids. It has been shown to curb malnutrition in as little as three months, making it a powerful tool in the fight against malnutrition worldwide.

What is your strategy for expanding use of your innovation?

We will pay efforts to join the International Alliance Against Hunger (IAH) and the World Food Programme (WFP). We are arriving on the African stage just in time to address the three most important drivers for change in how we grow, distribute and think about food, No poverty, Zero hunger, Good health and well-being, that appears to be here to stay unless we move in the direction of sustainable agriculture that sustains both the people and theenvironment
 
Form a Non-Profit Foundation even though it’s mission is a humanitarian one, who will empower millions to go from poverty to self-reliance via Aquaponics tech multiplying source of food & big income anywhere in the world
 
Our systems which can be built on-site or are pre-build and transported, these systems are farm-sized “gardens of hope”-Aquaponics systems will be designed to go anywhere in the world where they quite literally become food “Life Rafts" for the food resource challenged community or they become a new way to create food independence for a communal environment in their design to create prolific sustainable food growing systems
 
Many African-World systems arrive fully equipped with solar power, all have water purification systems, pumps, aerators, an assembly team and instructional team ready to teach the people in the community how to maintain their system and grow vegetables, fruits and food fish
 
Depending on the project site, we will expand these systems to meet the demand for vegetables and fish. Since this is a scalable system, we can easily add a larger fish tank to rear more fish and expand the grow beds to grow a variety of vegetables

Next Steps

Feed the Fish with fresh picked green Moringa leaf due to the high protein levels it contains, afterward enhance uses as livestock feed into Namibia and Africa
 
Because of the high concentration of nutrients, Moringa leaf powder has been used as a nutritional supplement to combat malnutrition in some third world countries. Severely malnourished children and adults have made remarkable nutritional gains after ninety days of regularly consuming the product
 
Namibia, where the Namib and Kalahari deserts meet the driest country in sub‐ Saharan Africa receives a pitiful 270 millimeters of downpour per year on average. Of this 83 percent evaporates as soon as it hits the ground while rainfall could drop another 200 millimeters. rains have been erratic leading to alternating heavy floods and dry spells. The consequences are devastating for a country where 70 percent of the people to some extent depend on agriculture
 
The efficacy of Moringa oleifera in water treatment (mainly disinfection and removal of turbidity) its practical application have been limited to household uses, technical feasibility of use of Moringa oleifera in Commercial Water Treatment
 
Urban Aquaponics: in the heart of the cities of Namibia, in doing so, we can strengthen local communities by revitalizing neighborhoods and creating jobs, Aquaponics again, to be exact
 

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http://www.mcgill.ca/bioeng/files/bioeng/KeithTatjana2010.pdf

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Question for the innovator

Has this project started already? I find this information somewhat confusing.