Zambian entrepreneur designs mobile aquaponic systems

Entrepreneur Dorcas Lukwesa grew up on her grandparent's farm in Zambia, now she's building a social enterprise there around movable smart gardens made of bamboo for farmers with limited space, limited soil and less water. 

Lukwesa, founder of Mobile Aquaponics and a CAMFED Association member studying at EARTH University, a sustainable agriculture-focused university in Costa Rica, says her main project is in mobile aquaponics.

"My mobile aquaponics concept is a compartment system - it contains a tank for fish, and a compartment for growing vegetables and the water it uses gets recycled... The water with the fish excrement passes around the system, providing nutrients for the vegetables, and is then returned into the fish tank," she says, "The whole concept promotes fish and vegetable farming while recycling the water, so closing the cycle in the production system.

Lukwesa's Mobile Aquaponics is a social venture dedicated to providing a resilient response to climate change, promoting food security under climate crisis to reduce poverty in Zambia. 

"Through our demonstration urban farm, we hope to offer agribusiness training to over 2,000 farmers in the next five years," she says, adding that she hopes to create 20 new employment opportunities for women and youth to enable families to generate extra income and encourage a collaborative community in the project. 

Read more at Forbes (A. Wight)

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