Aquaponics for Africa

$2.1M goal

Campaign created 10 months ago
Above all else, our vision is simple: to help. Aquaponics is a proven system. A system that addresses the problem of water shortage as well as provides jobs, produce, and income. We are determined to help those who don't necessarily have the proper resources or tools to effectively cultivate and grow a sustainable farming system to support local lands and communities. We have created a courageous project to support African independence and growth. We are driven to implement a strong foundation on which these communities can gain independence through an effective & self-sustainable network of systems. Which will ultimately create stability, provide jobs, and produce an abundance of healthy crops and fish to fight hunger.

Not only we are going to build aquaponic farms in Africa, we are also going to help develop the entire network of accompanying services. This will ensure long-term sustainability, a constant income and will allow ordinary, good people to pay directly for the products made by working people in Africa. No more stuffing the bellies of corporations, but paying directly to the farmers. With our partners in Africa, the EU and the US, we have prepared a project that everyone can get involved in. Using crowdfunding, we can finance the first phase and offer future benefits to all good people who will help start this project.

Project plan:
• Build a network of aquapark farms in many African countries.
• Employ local staff
• Locally process part of farm products and sell them on EU and US     markets under a special brand and at exceptional aquaponic quality.
• The profits from this business will go back to Africa. They will be   used partially to expand farms, build new farms, and in part to develop   local infrastructure and raise living standards. Partners will only have   a minimum profit on sale.
• Each farm will include an educational center and a children's school.
• All profits from these projects will be invested back in Africa, which   will ensure the growth of wealth of the people of Africa, not the   multinational corporations.
• We will teach people in Africa how to better manage water and also   teach them how to capture and use rainwater.
• The farms will be completely energy self-sufficient due to using solar   panels, battery, biogas generators and heat pumps.
• Each farm will produce 1 ton of leafy vegetables, as well as 1 ton of   fruit each day!
• The production of fish will be 500 tons of African catfish and Tilapia a   year.
• Farms will serve as training centers for people from around the   world.
• The cost of the first project is $ 2 million with $ 100,000 a year for   operation. All projects afterward will be funded from profits.
• The farms are designed to produce absolutely no waste, they use no   agrochemicals, and leave almost no ecological footprint. The whole   project does not burden the environment.
• Part of the capacity of the fish farm will be used to breed local fish   species, which will be planted back into rivers and lakes. Rivers and   lakes whose fish population is dwindling.
• Each farm will employ 70-90 people on average.

Our partner for this project is

ShineBean o.p.s.
Operating in Kenya since 2006.
The aim is to lead local people to their own activity and self-sufficiency.
• We support the education of both children and adults
• We fairly trade with skilled craftsmen
• We support the development of small businesses and farmers
• We work with schools, communities, churches

"Our main project has become ‘SCHOOL TRAINING FARMS’, in which we teach rural children and their parents to farm.
We operate in the Bondo area, which is traditionally a fishing region. However, the changed climatic conditions force locals to look for other sources of livelihood. As there is no tradition of field cultivation in this area, the lacking key to the development of farming is the know-how. That is why we build training farms at primary schools where we practically teach children and their parents about ecological farming. Our goal is to create a comprehensive education system that will enable students to gain knowledge from basics to specialization. The running farms will pass on the know-how and seeds to new farms. Gradually we will support new farmers even in the market."

Renata Rokůsková
Director: ShineBean o.p.s.

"Hundreds of families will make a healthy living where they are from, enrich the supply and availability of food in local markets, and strengthen the local economy.
Aquaponics, which combines fish farming with the growth of vegetables or fruits, fits perfectly in this area, and the situation.
We want to enable people in Europe, and the US to effectively help people suffering from malnutrition and hunger.
The pilot project is planned for Kenya. We are negotiating about other projects with Botswana, South Africa, and Nigeria. Many other countries have shown interest in this project. So let's start realizing together."

Michal Fojtik
President: Aquaponics Farm Association



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$2.1M goal

Campaign created 10 months ago
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