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Desmond Tutu backs new bid to use aquaponics to end world hunger

By: stagedoorscribbler - November 10, 2018

Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu. Photo by Hattie Miles

Nobel laureate and veteran peace and social justice campaigner Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu has agreed to lend his name to a new initiative to try and end world hunger.

The new agricultural campaign which is being launched by Florida-based Fresh Ministries Inc. is one of a number of pilot schemes using aquaponics. 

This involves a system in which organic fish and produce are grown using significantly less  space and water than in traditional soil-based farming.

It will be known as the Desmond Tutu Program to End World Hunger and finds Fresh Ministries working with partners Farmers In Action and the Episcopal Church.

 In a letter to Fresh Ministries director Rev Dr Robert Lee III, Archbishop Tutu has described the initiative - which has backing from the US government -  as having great potential to eradicate poverty and commended  Dr Lee and his colleagues for their enviable record of making a difference. 

Tutu has long argued that global hunger can be successfully tackled. Back in 2013 he famously said:  "Hunger is not an incurable disease or an unavoidable tragedy. We can make sure no child goes to bed hungry.”