The Aquaponics project in Ethiopia is one more step closer to reality today. Funding is always the principal problem in any development project in Africa or elsewhere, even here in the USA. Even though the ESES (Ethiopian Sustainable Economic Initiative) is grounded in the work of Tedese Meskela, internationally known for the Cannes Film Festival award winning, “Black Gold.” Our plan is based upon a comprehensive systems approach that employs Aquaponics as the economic driver.
We met today with the Ambassador to Ethiopia, and economist. We were enormously encouraged by his unqualified support for our initiative. Working with other colaborative organizatons, we have formed ESEI (Ethiopian Sustainable Economic Initiative) Aquaponics fits extremely well into any initiative that would have triple bottom line impact. Economic viability, Environmenntal Soundness, and Social Responsibility.
ESEI, in association and in an engaged and colaborative relationship with the government, as well as, public and private sector partners will build the first commercial scale integrated aquaponics food production facility in Africa. We will do this in proximity to the country’s capital Addis Ababa.
The food production site and facility will be devoted to providing high quality produce and seafood in support of the large expatriate international community there. The exact size and capacity of the facility is awaiting a formal, on-site feasibility study to be conducted in the third quarter of this year. In additions, serval community level small untis will be constructed to support the fisher communities on Lake Zwey and elsewhere.
ESEI will also build s center of excellence to educate, inform, and train a new generation of young people who will become the guardians and stewards of Ethiopias vast treasure of natural resouces.