INMED Partnerships for Children rescues children from the immediate and irreversible harm of disease, hunger, abuse, neglect, violence or instability and prepares them to shape a brighter future for themselves and the next generation. INMED’s vision is to transform the future for generations of children by building continuity of support from infancy to adulthood.
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By Kim Nicol
Toward its goal to make the Harvest the Future International Symposium the most innovative forum on small-scale agriculture, INMED has added new speakers and panelists to the schedule. The new speakers include an array of specialists who will shed light on and generate discussion about food security, climate change, and innovations for small-scale production. Topics range from harvesting and farming meteorology to financial solutions for small-scale farming. Newly confirmed speakers include:
- Luther Buchanan, Jamaica Deputy Minister of Agriculture
- Mario Kerby, Chemonics
- Leslie Simpson, Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute
- Michael Taylor, University of the West Indies
- Neil Curtis, Farm Up Jamaica
- Jozimo Santos Rocha, Adventist Development and Relief Agency
- Sydney Henry, Sandals Foundation
- Practitioners from Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and the Meddle East
The new speakers will join previously announced speakers Denise Herbol, Mission Director of USAID Jamaica, Chris Somerville of FAO, Wayne Beecher and Therese Turner-Jones of the Inter-American Development Bank, and Thad Jackson of INMED. The symposium also features an off-site tour, which will allows attendees to visit and experience successful commercial-scale aquaponic systems currently operating in Jamaica.
The Harvest the Future International Symposium will take place June 14-17 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. For more information, or to see the full schedule, visit: www.harvestthefuture.org.… Read the rest
A recently completed aquaponic system in Peru will create a sustainable source of fish and vegetables, providing quality nutrition to the local schools and community. The material and labor for the aquaponic system, which was funded as part of a project supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, were all sourced locally, bringing work and economic development to the community. Along with the nutritional and economic value of the aquaponic system, the initiative brings an educational aspect as well, educating the children, their family members and teachers about sustainable agriculture and healthy eating. INMED Partnerships for Children volunteer Kristin Callahan, who helped guide the implementation of the aquaponic system, hopes that it will have a long-term impact of changing nutritional behavior in the area as well as inspiring others to employ sustainable agriculture techniques.
Callahan also noted the impact the aquaponic system has in the community, specifically in the schools. Students and teachers alike are eager to incorporate aquaponics into the curriculum. The community welcomes aquaponics and are excited to see the long-term benefits of the program. By introducing the educational aspect of the initiative, INMED hopes to create a long-lasting impact on the community.
The completed aquaponic system also plays an important role in the deworming initiative INMED is leading in Peru.… Read the rest
Adaptive agriculture program increases food security and income generation in rural Free State
Phahameng Township, Free State, South Africa, Feb. 17, 2015 – The ripening tomato crop on the Itshokolele farm promises to be one of the best harvests to date, guaranteeing income to feed the extended family, pay the fees for their children to attend school, and buy enough seeds to plant an even bigger field next season.
It was not long ago that the family only scraped by, never able to grow enough to protect their children from hunger. But now, through INMED Partnerships for Children’s South African Adaptive Agriculture Program (AAP), everything has changed.
Source: Food & Nutrition Bulletin, Volume 35, Supplement 2, September 2014, pp. 108S-116S(9)
Background. The Health in Action Program was established in Brazil in 2010 to address the critical issues of health and nutrition among vulnerable children in the northeast and southeast regions of the country. By offering school-based nutrition education and increased access to nutritious foods from school gardens, the program has benefited more than 200,000 children aged 6 through 14 years in 430 schools and an additional 670,000 family and community members. The program is now expanding to reach an additional 260,000 students in 570 schools.