Sustainability & Food Security for the Amazon-BR

by INMED Partnerships for Children, Inc.
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Sustainability & Food Security for the Amazon-BR
Sustainability & Food Security for the Amazon-BR
Sustainability & Food Security for the Amazon-BR
Sustainability & Food Security for the Amazon-BR
Sustainability & Food Security for the Amazon-BR
Sustainability & Food Security for the Amazon-BR
Sustainability & Food Security for the Amazon-BR
Sustainability & Food Security for the Amazon-BR
Sustainability & Food Security for the Amazon-BR
Sustainability & Food Security for the Amazon-BR
Sustainability & Food Security for the Amazon-BR
Sustainability & Food Security for the Amazon-BR
Sustainability & Food Security for the Amazon-BR
Sustainability & Food Security for the Amazon-BR
Sustainability & Food Security for the Amazon-BR
Tumbira fisherman struggles to feed his family
Tumbira fisherman struggles to feed his family
Dear Friend and Supporter:
We are pleased to report that the Rotary Club of Manaus in the Amazon region of Brazil and the Rotary Club of Culver City, CA are joining you to support this urgent  INMED Aquaponics® project in the Brazilian Amazon. 
The project, titled "Building Indigenous Food Security and Sustainable Livelihoods in the Brazilian Amazon," will provide sustainable solutions for strengthening food security and indigenous economies devastated by the ongoing impacts of climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic.
"This aquaponics project with INMED will enable Rotary International, through District 4720 Amazon, to help a riverside community to minimize the problem of persistent hunger and preserve the Amazon rainforest for future generations," notes incoming District Governor Gerson Aoki.
In partnership with the Sustainable Amazon Foundation (known by its Portuguese acronym FAS), INMED Brasil will establish a commercial-scale aquaponics system in the community of Tumbira, within the agroforestry production and education complex currently operated by FAS. The system is projected to yield more than 4,000 pounds of fish plus more than 25,000 pounds of produce per year in a footprint of only 3,000 square feet.
The project will include a Center of Excellence for education, training, demonstration, research and production optimization that will support new aquaponics enterprises across the state of Amazonas, Brazil. The center also will provide an estimated 10,000 people per year with a sustainable means of fresh food production to reduce hunger, strengthen food security and generate income from the sale of fish and produce, while also creating education, employment, research and entrepreneurship opportunities for a generation of indigenous young people who would otherwise face uncertain futures in their own communities—or be forced to migrate to new areas.
CLICK HERE to learn more about this Rotary International campaign. You don't have to be a Rotarian to donate, so please share with your friends.
Many thanks,
Team INMED Brasil
Rotary International joins INMED's cause in Amazon
Rotary International joins INMED's cause in Amazon
The River is the life of indigenous generations
The River is the life of indigenous generations

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Map of Tumbira, Amazonas, Brasil
Map of Tumbira, Amazonas, Brasil

In the three months since INMED Brasil launched its GlobalGiving campaign to raise funds to implement INMED Aquaponics® in the Amazon, the COVID-19 pandemic has reached crisis proportions. The Brazilian Amazon has become a breeding ground for new and more deadly variants of the coronavirus. In the past month, the health system completely collapsed in Manaus, the capital of Amazonas state. Hospitals have exceeded capacity and are turning away new patients, people are dying in record numbers, and each day brings a new round of mass burials.

In the remote indigenous communities surrounding Manaus, the situation is even more bleak. With limited access to healthcare, sanitation, sources of income and fresh, nutritious food, entire families are being lost.

Although quarantines have prevented our team at INMED Brasil from visiting the Amazon, they have been working diligently with project partner Foundation for Amazon Sustainability (FAS) to keep our work moving forward. Here are some highlights:

  • The project site has been selected and approved in Tumbira, a remote slice of land in the Rio Negro River in the Amazon rainforest. FAS has worked in this community for many years, and it is an ideal location to implement INMED Aquaponics® to improve food security, climate change adaptation and income generating opportunities for local producers.
  • INMED Brasil is working with Rotary Brasil and Rotary International, among other partners, to raise funds to start building the project.
  • Brazilian and international influencers are interested in endorsing and promoting INMED Aquaponics® in the Amazon. Here’s one video by Brazilian actor and social media influencer Alex Slama: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMsI3XmWKTE

In the next few months, our aquaponics experts will finalize the system design and training curricula. All we need now are the funds to make it happen!

Our teams at INMED Brasil, FAS and the community of Tumbira are grateful for your support. Please share this project with your friends, colleagues and family. We need all hands on deck to turn the devastating tide of destruction in the Amazon.

(Special thanks to the Foundation for Amazon Sustainability for use of the photos.)

View of Tumbira from the river
View of Tumbira from the river
Dwellings in Tumbira
Dwellings in Tumbira
Boat shelters - no cars here
Boat shelters - no cars here
Boats are the only mode of transport to Tumbira
Boats are the only mode of transport to Tumbira
Overfishing has depleted the food supply
Overfishing has depleted the food supply

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Location: Sterling, VA - USA
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Nancy Baker
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