Fresh Vegetables and Fish in the Desert

For those living in the Irapuato region of Mexico, malnutrition and limited access to water are realities of daily life. The desert climate and poor soil make traditional farming practices very difficult. To address these challenges, CHOICE has partnered with the Women’s Rotary Club of Irapuato Internacional, the Rotary Club of Logan, and FNC Aquaponics to create a solution -- aquaponics.

Aquaponics is an innovative approach to raising both fish and crops through a unique symbiotic relationship, combining two typically separate ecosystems. The waste from the fish provides essential nutrients to the plants, which in turn purify the water for the fish. This creates an environment where fresh produce and protein are provided and very little water is needed, combating malnutrition in Irapuato’s dry climate. These communities are now able to enjoy fresh tilapia fish, fruits, and vegetables.

Learn how local technology with community ownership is making an impact in Bolivia also! See page 4 of our Annual Report.


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