I want to introduce myself to the community. I am Rev. John Hicks and serve as President of Synergy Farms International. When I look at the billions of dollars spent by agencies and ministries to provide food to the citizens of underdeveloped countries, I ask, why are they not instead developing and educating on sustainable aquaponic systems? I think the answer is too easy!
If you fix the problem, there is no more need for the program! The cost involved to fly grain and goods to Rowanda via a cargo plane, in one trip is more than enough capital to supply 100 micro farms that could feed up to 3000 people daily!
The main benefit of having a community growing project, is that a micro farm can bridge differences. Many communities suffer because of religious opposition,greed and politics. Synergy Farms International wants to unite separated communities through building micro farms that will allow people to at least communicate on a human level. I think that if we find out what makes us common as humans and build upon that foundation, all else will be less important.
I want programs to decrease and the sustainable impact(s) to increase. Aquaponics allows for that to happen. I am seeing it happen throughout the globe in Nicaragua, Indonesia, Tanzania, and soon in Ethiopia, and Liberia.
I am always interested in new and LESS cost effective ways to grow, grow, grow.
John Hicks, President
Synergy Farms International