Sustainable integrated fish-vegetable production in Ethiopia
This project will implement aquaponics systems in rural households in Ethiopia through action research on technology, value chains and business models, for sustainable production of fish and vegetables, to increase household food and nutrition security.
Aim: To increase nutrition security of rural households in Ethiopia the project aims to increase the production of fish and vegetables while saving scarce natural resources, through the transfer of prototype aquaponics systems to 24 rural households in Ethiopia.
Objective: To provide households with an affordable and profitable aquaponics system to generate protein and micronutrient rich food and income to improve their food security situation while being efficient with scarce resources such as water and nutrients. A second objective is to prepare the sustainability of existing and dissemination of new aquaponics systems through the development of a business model that can support establishment, technical assistance, input supply and marketing of products of such a well-performing aquaponics system.
Method: A mixture of research methods will be used. A continuous and systematic monitoring will be executed of inputs and outputs in nutrients, water, energy, labour, cash and fish and vegetable biomass to assess the performance of the systems that are established. A baseline survey will be done with households just before installation of aquaponics units, assessing current food and nutrition and income positions of households and the survey will be repeated at the end of the project. Marketing information will be gathered and Potential business partners will be interviewed aiming to engage them as partners in the business model.
Duration: March 01, 2015 – June 21, 2017