The INMED Aquaponics Social Enterprise (ASE) farm is a vital source of adaptive agriculture training and food production in Jamaica. Thousands of people in food-insecure communities have benefited from INMED Aquaponics for more than a decade. A recent break-in at the INMED ASE farm resulted in significant theft and damage to the aquaponics system, rendering it temporarily inoperable. We urgently need US$ 5,000 (or about J$ 750,000) to get it running again and properly secured.
A break-in at the INMED Aquaponics Social Enterprise facility in a remote area of Clarendon, Jamaica, resulted in theft and damage to several items, such as a water tank and plumbing hardware, as well as damage to parts of the facility. Due to the potential for recurring theft, we temporarily removed some other components necessary for operation (e.g., solar power) until additional security measures can be put in place. The community needs this source of locally produced food and training.
The funds generated by this campaign will cover replacement parts to resume operation of the aquaponics system, as well as improved security measures, including motion sensor lighting, cameras, grills for windows and door locks. Any additional funds will allow INMED Caribbean to educate the community about the facility's many benefits to their families and economy to prevent future theft and vandalism.
The INMED Aquaponics Social Enterprise provides training to small-scale farmers and emerging agro-entrepreneurs throughout Jamaica and is the model for similar programs in other Caribbean nations that are vulnerable to severe climate events and food shortages.