IAAI Founder As Rapporteur at Club of Rome Delhi Conference

Dear Emmanuel and Jesse,

I am pleased to inform you that I have been invited by Dr. Ashok Khosla to
attend the Club of Rome India’s global conference on Food Security at
Delhi as a Rapporteur, where I hope to meet a number of people who can
impact our ASEP Project, our “Language of Food” programs, Digital Badging,
urban agriculture/vertical farming, and so on.

I notice that the attached “Back Ground Paper of the Global Conference” is
completely devoid of any reference to a “soil-less” regime for growing
food, save for one passing reference to “Urban agriculture”, which could
also relate to conventional, soil-based techniques. Therefore, I intend to
aggressively present the case for large-scale RAS and soil-less
olericulture, as an alternative to conventional agriculture. The document
clearly shows that the current practices have NOT yielded results, whereas
our thinking to create local sustainable economies as a matter of policy
could mitigate many of the problems that the paper alludes to.

Also, Mr. S. Ramadorai, Vice Chairman of Tata Consultancy Services and
Chairman of National Skill Development Agency & National Skill Development
Corporation, is also the Chairman of the The Indian National Association
for the Club of Rome. I would therefore like to press Ashok and him to
promote the case for Digital Badging as an equity-based approach for
training and skills development for the masses, especially in
village-based communities. We need to highlight that DB does not require
the kind of formal education and need for pre-requisite qualifications,
that conventional skill development programs require. For example, for a
solar technicians course, the minimum educational requirement set is a
school certificate. Now! most village girls and boys drop out before Class
10 or 11, and hence do not make the cut. Therefore, in such a scenario, DB
is the panacea for certification of skills, particularly for STEAM

I would be grateful if you could share some of your promotional resources
on DB, that I could use or adapt to make my case at the meeting. What I
would like to do is to send a 1- or 2-page ‘Concept Paper’ on the way
Digital Badging can be extensively applied for training and education of
appropriate technologies for the masses, to Ashok and Mr. S. Ramadorai
well before the meeting, so that DB could become a subject for discussion.

If you review the “Draft Agenda”, then you will see that one of the
panelists in Session 4A is Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, Union Minister,
Ministry of Human Resource Development, GoI. She is actually a resident of
Mumbai, and stays just a few blocks away from the ASEP Project at CIFE. As
she is the point person for HRD in the Indian government, I would like to
make a presentation to her after the meeting, as well, so that she could
help us to develop a DB program at CIFE, and help to put DB on the
national map.

I would be grateful if you could suggest ways to advance practical ideas
on large-scale application of RAS, AP and DB for addressing food security,
at the conference, and beyond. Any endorsement of our continuing
collabration would be very useful.

I have copied this email to Jerome, as I recall that he had expressed a
keen interest in the proceedings of the Club of Rome. This could be a
great opportunity for all of us to formally launch IAAI, as a global
partner for the development of appropriate technologies for food and
nutritional security, in India and beyond. IAAI could be the gateway to
introduce SWF and Bright Agrotech as experts into the growing Indian
Aquaponics market.

What say y’all?

Thanks for your help.


Dr. Mukherjee Testimonial re Aquapons Across the Waters

f you could blast out a 10 minute stream of consciousness re any value I and Sweet Water Universe have provided, for our use seeking grants and partnerships.

Forwarded message ----------

From: Subhrankar Mukherjee <subra@sankalpacmfs.org>
Date: Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 11:07 PM
Subject: Re: Godsil Seeks 10 Minute Favor
To: James Godsil <godsil.james@gmail.com>

Dear Godsil: Oops sorry for not looking at this earlier. I am moving to
New Delhi, and this caught me in the middle of things :) …. So! Here’s
my blast:

i. Helped us to get our bearings on Aquaponics and small-holder family
business, sustainable models … leadership qualities to not cave-in under

ii. The many hours of fun we can all have with this approach … as
co-creators in a living democracy — HUMAN BEINGS HAVE VALUES … develop
human enacted systems

iii. The many different approaches to socializing the model, either as a a
stand-alone unit, or as an ‘Esalen’ style model for getting there.

iv. Building a model from the ground up, with necessary systems and
processes working in tandem … ASK WHAT ARE THE MOST RELEVANT QUESTIONS.

v. Drawing the procedures and systems to achieving the goals … till
buiilding larger and larger systems, from the villages of West Bengal to
the city spaces in Mumbai

vi. Laying up the systems and reaching out to community responders,
especially the children

vii. Introductions to the entire global fraternity of Aquapons, water
technologists, social farmers, spammers, and so on.

viii. Develop literature, poems, art …. discover what might be possible
today, that was not possible before

ix. Discover the art of bio-mimicry — dynamic non-equilibrium —
transforming our relationship with nature

x. Develop systems thinking — working together to create a sustainable


Well, there it is. Could have missed the big issues. Took me way more than
the 10 minutes you had asked for :)



Aquapons Across the Water Going Biogenomics!


Forwarded message ----------

From: “Subhrankar Mukherjee” <subra@sankalpacmfs.org>
Date: May 25, 2014 5:42 AM
Subject: Develop a few grant project proposals on Biotechnology
To: “James Godsil” <godsil.james@gmail.com>
Cc: “Ken Kenworthy” <kkenworthy@knowledgerealm.com>

Dear Godsil,

It was good speaking with Ken and you last night. Later on, I had a brief
chat session with Jason Axt.

During our brief conversation, I mentioned that I have been tasked by Dr.
Lakra, Vice-Chancellor and Director of CIFE, Mumbai — whom I believe you
met during your last visit to India — to develop a few grant project
proposals that we could submit to the Department of Biotechnology (DBT),
Government of India. These can be in the region of, say, Rs 2 - 3
millions (about $35 - 50K), which is quite a significant amount of money
for a 2-year project, in India. As Dr. Lakra is a Member of this funding
body, we can reasonably expect that we have a leg up in getting our
project proposals approved.

However, my knowledge of Biotechnology is nothing to write home about. Ken
suggested that perhaps David could be a helpful partner and resource in
this enterprise. I was hoping that Ken and you could help me to design and
develop a couple of project proposals, perhaps around the following

(a) Applied Research of new biotechnology approaches for Aquaponics and

(b) Bioinformatics Approaches and Metagenomic Analysis of Aquaponic Systems

What say you?




Dr. Subra Mukherjee has been steadfastly advancing aquaponics demos with serious backing in Mumbai and Kolkata region. In the note below he shares an opportunity to explore metagenomics, bioinformatics, and biotechnology research possibilities for aquaponics and spirulina development

If this interests you or any of your colleagues across the planet, please let me know and it would be my honor to provide introductions to this wonderful visionary founder of the Indo American Aquaponics Institute.

Happy Spring!



Hi James,

You contacted the right person at the right time! I would love to help with the development of a project focusing on the metagenomic analysis of an aquaponic system. I have thought long and hard about this, and already have a draft proposal prepared. Please introduce me to your affiliates and I would be happy to work with them on proposal design. I have attached one of my publications relating to my experience with metagenomic and metatranscriptomic analysis.

Hope all is well with you.





Awesome! Biohacking aquapons! ;)

This is awesome!

I think we first need to develop a protocol about how to process metagenomic in aquaponics?


This is a note to Ryan Lesniewski.

I am delighted to know that you would be willing to help with the
development of a project focusing on the metagenomic analysis of an
aquaponic system.

At the outset, I have to say that I have no knowledge of biotechnology,
let alone metagenomics. My interest in this subject has been promoted by
following the threads of various email exchanges initiated by Godsil, and
most recently this one with you. I sincerely think that a successful
metagenomic analysis of our own AP system, would help us to determine how
to build robust and productive AP Systems, in general.

Allow me to introduce myself. I am the Project Manager of an effort to
build an “Aquaponics & Spirulina Eco Park” (ASEP) at the Central Institute
for Fisheries Education (CIFE) at Mumbai — the premium fisheries
institution in India, where there are a number of fine researchers in the
field of biotechnology. You can learn more about this project from a
“Concept Note” that is posted online at:

I am also the Project Manager of a “Backyard Aquaponics Center” (BAC)
project being built in at Village in West Bengal, India. The objective is
to demonstrate that Aquaponics technology is indeed profitable and
sustainable for farmers in India. A ‘Concept Note’ on this project is
posted on-line at:

As I explained in my email to Godsil, as the Project Manager of the ASEP
Project and on behalf of CIFE, I wish to submit a proposal to the
Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India, on the metagenomic
analysis of the aquaponic system that we are building at CIFE, in Mumbai.
As the Vice-Chancellor of CIFE — the person who has tasked me with this
idea — and the CIFE Champion of the ASEP Project are both panel members
of the DBT, I am hopeful that our proposal would be viewed favorably. In
closure, let me add that I would be happy to act as the facilitator to
connect a bunch of biotechnologists at CIFE with you, so that an effective
‘collaboration across the waters’ can be initiated, leading to the
submission of a suitable project proposal to DBT, focusing on the
metagenomic analysis of the aquaponic system that we are building at CIFE,
in Mumbai …. and perhaps also the one we are building in the village in
West Bengal. Might we not extend the project to include a metagenomic
analysis of spirulina microalgae?

What say you?

With warm regards,


Hi Subra,

This is a lot to chew on, but it really looks like your are doing some great work so far! I am very excited about the potential to partner and work on a proposal to do metagenomic analysis of aquaponic systems. I am quite familiar with two of the largest metagenome surveys to have ever been done: the global ocean sampling expedition (GOS) and the human microbiome project. Both of these large and ongoing projects have provided many new insights to the microbiology of our bodies and our oceans, but these projects have also highlighted many of the challenges of analyzing such a complex and dynamic dataset.

In some ways, studying an aquaponic system will be simpler than looking at the ocean, or the human microbiome. This is because we can control the inputs, know what macrospecies we inoculate (example: lettuce and tilapia), and we have a good overall understanding of the initial conditions. On the other hand, we are dealing with one of the most complex systems on the planet: the soil microbiome (albeit minus the soil). The relationships and interactions of plants and microbes have evolved over billions of years, and thanks to the abundant energy of the sun, the diversity of this micro world is as diverse as the organisms in a dense rainforest.

Okay, so what does this mean? Well, it means that our strategy for studying aquaponic systems will have to accommodate for this inherent complexity, both on a spatial and temporal scale. In general, we will have to have simple control experiments that we start from scratch, in replication, in order to understand exactly how the system was established and how it changes over time. The data between our replicates will give us an idea of consistency between to very similar systems. Once we have this data, we can then compare it to many other existing aquaponic systems to see whether or not our simple experiments agree with the greater findings.

It also means we have two general options for analyzing the microbial communities in these systems: we can look at membership (e.g. what are the names of the organisms present in the system over time), or we can look at function (e.g. what are the organisms in the system doing, such as organic carbon breakdown, nitrification, etc.). Based on the findings of the GOS and the human microbiome, a functional analysis seems to be the most effective at finding similarities between different samples (e.g. different humans, different locations in the surface ocean).

In short, my opinion is that in order to do a proper metagenomic analysis of aquaponic systems, we need significant resources, including many sample sites (with data of how that system is/was operated over time), research funding for sequencing (30–50k$ seems about right), and a team of people that are capable of analyzing the data. Although I am excited and happy to help, the timing of this will likely conflict with my own research obligations for my PhD, so we will require many more “hands on deck”.

Hopefully this was somewhat clear, and lays a general framework for the type of project I have in mind. I have a draft of a proposal that generally follows this strategy, but it will have to be adapted to focus on the different systems you have in mind.

Regarding including the metagenomic analysis of spirulina microalgae: the definition of metagenomics is looking at the genomes of a complex community. Spirulina is only one species, so we could do just a genomic analysis of the algae (which I think has actually already been done), unless you are interested in looking at the other organisms that co-exist with it.

I hope this was helpful,




Greetings Everyone!

I am an Industrial Designer/Microfarm designer and an aspiring social entrepreneur. We have developed a closed loop microfarm that has an integrated soil recycling system, composting, and vermiculture systems integrate into the unit. The unit that takes up a square meter and may produce upwards of 45–50 kilos of Sunflower microgreens per month. The only inputs are seeds, water, power, air labor/love. I would be happy to work with the project to design an Educational Microfarm for any and all Eco Parks!

I am beginning a startup accelerator in June and working to bring these systems to mass production in a manner that enables the systems to pay for themselves within 2 months. This system may be a great fit for a simple system for research. I envision a network of these systems that enables parallel research and observations from actual people working to transform their lives with these practices.

I have some unique life experiences, knowledge, and skills that may contribute to a successful endeavor.


Hi Miguel,

Sounds like a great system. Would love to learn more about it!

Which accelerator are you joining in? Haxlr8r or Highway1?


Subra and Ryan,

I am a microbiologist and Associate Professor at Alverno College in Milwaukee, WI and have interest in aquaponics as microbial nitrogen transformations are one of my research focuses and I come from a farming background. I also recently completed a sabbatical at the Georgia Institute of Technology where I was involved in the metatranscriptomic analysis of endosymbiotic bacteria in snails at deep sea hydrothermal vents. Alverno College is an undergraduate institution and as such we have very little research going on here, but my main goal after my sabbatical is to start research projects on campus that my undergraduate students can participate in. I would love to be involved in this research. I think I could contribute some hands and brains that could be part of analyzing sequence, functional (activity), and production data from aquaponics systems. My students would be very motivated and capable of doing at least some of the analysis. However, I couldn’t contribute to the actual sequencing activities and we would mostly do restricted to performing our analyses online as we don’t have much computing power.

Ryan, you are spot on in your analysis and description of the microbiology of the system and I agree that a functional approach would be the most exciting, although the “membership” approach may also be interesting in regards to plant or fish pathogens. Subra, what are your next steps? Are there sequencing facilities available to the Indian team? Where or how many different systems do you envision comparing?

I look forward to developing these ideas further!

Sherry Seston


Hi Ryan, Sherry et al,

I too am a microbiologist and on the faculty in the dept of Environmental Health Sciences at Johns Hopkins. I manage a research and demonstration aquaponics farm in baltimore, md.

I think basic science funders (NSF) and Agriculture funders (USDA) would both be interested in proposals using genomics tools applied to aquaponics.

Please include me on your email chain moving fwd; id like to find a way to contribute.

Dave Love


Please see microbiologist Sherry Seston of Alverno note to Subra and Ryan below…

Revelations of nature
Increasingly accessible.

Discovering integral practices
For more balanced developments.

Co-creating 21st Century international hybrid culture
With nature “partners”…
Fish, plants, bacteria…
And humans.

Widening circles of collaboration…



P.S. I attached my CV just as a way of introduction to my areas of expertise.

Dr. Mukherjee Note To UN FAO’s Chris Sommerville

Dear Chris,

Thank you for your email and clarifications on the principles followed by you for the Gaza Project. I would therefore imagine that at least a 2ft deep (about 60 cm) water tank for the fishes would be eminently feasible.

As requested, I am attaching a ‘Concept Note’ under
[APS-386–13–000001.concept.paper.ARTS.pdf], that we submitted to
USAID/India for our proposed Aquaponics and Spirulina (A&S) project in
Kenya. SWF and Nate Storey were our project partners. USAID actually made a pre-award survey at Kolkata for this circa US$2 Millions project, which meant that they really liked our ideas, but they eventually said that they would wait for our nascent projects in Mumbai and West Bengal to be completed, first. That was a very prescient decision almost a year ago, as we were stretched quite thinly at the time, between the two coasts of India, and this reasonably large project in Kenya would have made things
difficult to handle, for sure. However, as we are nearing the completion of our existing projects, and with the experience of building large Aquaponics systems behind us, I believe that as a coalition, we can tackle much larger projects, at a time. You will be pleased to know that we have now developed a robust implementation system already, and we plan to develop several new and large AP projects in India, simultaneously.

It is indeed quite admirable what you were able to do so much in such a
short time, at Gaza.

My experience of using gravel-beds in West Bengal, which is hot and humid,is that the media tends to get clogged up solid within a few months’ time,even with bio-filtration arrangements active. Productivity drops appreciably and then the plants tend to wither away, as the grow-beds overflow, and create all kinds of messes. Therefore, maintenance became essential — something that is easier said than done, with skeleton staff. However, as Gaza has a different climate, hopefully you did not face this problem.

However, I feel that some sort of bio-filtration is desirable, for a
long-term and robust solution. The advantage is that the filtrates can be used as manure for conventional, soil-based kitchen gardens, therefore extending the utility of the project, multi-fold. Besides, instead of horizontal grow-beds, I am quite partial to Nate’s Vertical Towers, as space efficiency is many times more, and the load is lighter.

I have copied this email to Michelle, and I would welcome the possibility of initiating a more serious dialog at the FAO, to leverage Aquaponics and Spirulina as a major, participatory procedure to handle the issues of food, nutrition and livelihoods security, especially for developing economies in Africa. Digital badging for education is a bonus. The project we designed for Kenya also provided for ‘Gender sensitivity’ and all-round ‘Sustainable Development’ as outcomes, as you can see in the diagram on page-2.

As the socio-cultural and socio-technical disposition and temperament
between beneficiary communities in Gaza, Africa and here in India are
quite similar, I also believe that our experience of working with
disadvantaged communities here in India would enable us to handle the
crucially important aspect of participatory processes for sustainable
development, better than most, in the global context.

Please let me know if you have any questions.



Wally Graeber Introduces Mahindra $300K Solar DIY Opportunity

In 2 weeks, Mahindra will announce the details for this exciting $300K Solar DIY Opportunity.


Based on our collective India connections and potential creative resources to the solar industry and tech I hope we can take a chance on applying this year.

In 2 weeks, Mahindra will announce the details for this exciting $300K Solar DIY Opportunity.


A good friend and UW Madison PhD student in Biomedical Engineering, Jon Seaton copied here, forwarded this to me last week. Based on our collective India connections and potential creative resources to the solar industry and tech I hope we can take a chance on applying this year.

Let me clarify (before my thumbs pressed send) that I believe this is only open to Indian students. That being said, we could empower Kerala Students, especially at St. Albert’s College. I would personally like to empower Ahkil John for his ability to bring miniature aquaponics to life in a shoebox in 5 weeks and run off a singke airpump. Just sayin… his genius needs to be given a bigger audience.

Indiegogo Campaign Launched!

“Aquaponics, Sustainable Livelihoods and Appropriate Technologies”

Dec. 15, 2013

Dear ALL,

I am pleased to inform you that Indo-American Aquaponics Institute (IAAI),
which is affiliated to Society for Appropriate Rural Technology for
Sustainability (ARTS), a non-profit NGO and Society based in Kolkata,
India — has launched a major fundraising campaign on Indiegogo, entitled:

“Aquaponics, Sustainable Livelihoods and Appropriate Technologies”

You can follow the present campaign — “A. Foundation Projects” — at:

I would request that you help us to create an awareness of this campaign
amongst your network partners, as much as possible. Of course, any
contribution that you may wish to make will be gratefully acknowledged.

BTW, this is the first part of a four part IAAI Fund-Raising Campaign,
culminating in a $1 Million initiative by the end of 2014, which is
explained in detail and can be browsed online at:

> IAAI Dream Projects Home Page at:

> A. Foundation Projects Webpage at:

The webpages for the next three campaigns will be developed with inputs
from you all.

With warm regards to all,


Subra’s Master Plan Dec. 2013

You can download the current version of the Master Plan for the ASEP


This is going to be continually updated as the project matures. I would be
grateful to receive your comments on it, as it evolves.

Dr. Subra Mukherjee ARTS Update

Written following introduction of Dr. David Love of Johns Hopkins
Center for a Liveable Future aquaponics project.

Dear Dr. Love,

I am delighted to know that you are conducting research on aquaponic
system usage patterns in the US and internationally. The outcome of this
study would doubtless be useful for making policy decisions, globally.

As Godsil may have informed you, we are involved in building aquaponic
systems in rural and urban settings in India. For more information on some
of these, you may download a photo-diary of the first Aquaponics and
Spirulina Eco Park (ASEP) that we built in India, at Village Ullon, in
South 24 Parganas District in West Bengal, at:

I am pleased to inform you that we have also recently been awarded a grant
to build a commercial 1,000 sq.ft. “Backyard Aquaponics Center” at a
village in West Bengal, to demonstrate that Aquaponics technology is
indeed profitable and sustainable for farmers in India. A ‘Concept Note’
on this project is posted on-line at

I would like to invite you to be a part of our project at Mumbai, to build
an ASEP at the Central Institute for Fisheries Education (CIFE), Mumbai —
the premium fisheries institution in India. Amongst various US-based
technologies, including Nate Storey’s vertical towers, we also intend to
leverage SWF’s digital badging systems for pedagogy, and testing the urban
community response to Aquaponics and spirulina. More details about this
year-long implementation program is described in a ‘Concept Note’ posted
online at: [http://www.sankalpacmfs.org/asep/Concept.ASEPm.pdf]. It will
give general information on our approach for disseminating Aquaponics &
Spirulina technologies, and Annex-4 on page 15 describes a wholistic model
that may also be of interest to you as a scientist, purely from a
socio-technical and environmental angle.

Please do not hesitate to write to me if you have any questions or comments.

With best wishes,


Subhrankar Mukherjee PhD,MBA

Managing Trustee, Sankalpa Trust
Secretary, Society for Appropriate Rural Technology for Sustainability (ARTS)
Director, Indo-American Aquaponics Institute (IAAI)
Director, TRD Group
Director, Total Consulting Group (TCG)
Director, coalition of Moral Forces for Sustainability (cMFS)

Regd. Office: P6 Cluster 2, Purbachal, Salt Lake, Kolkata 700097, INDIA.
e-mail: [subra@sankalpacmfs.org]

Affiliate Professor, Colorado State University—Fort Collins, USA
e-mail: [subhmukh@engr.colostate.edu]

Mobile: +91 9433019821; +91 9339259812 ; +91 8017456467
Telephone: +91 33 2335 9812
Website: [www.sankalpacmfs.org/src/]
IAAI: [http://www.sankalpacmfs.org/cmfs/01coa/aquaponic/iaai.html]

Low Cost Solar Power?

To gauge the remarkable benefits of such systems, start with this peer-reviewed study of solar irrigation projects in Africa’s dry zone led by Jennifer Burney of the University of California, San Diego, and Stanford: “Solar-powered drip irrigation enhances food security in the Sudano–Sahel.”

One of the challenges, as with many solar systems, is cost.

Now, Paul Polak, a veteran developer of simply designed products that can benefit the world’s poor (particularly farmers), is trying to raise $50,000 using Indiegogo to produce what he and some volunteer engineers say will be a 2,000-watt solar pumping system that is affordable for farmers who make $3 to $5 a day. (There are three weeks and around $35,000 to go.)


Aquaponics Olympics

Native American Advancement Association

Cricket Baseball Diplomacy

Introductory Letters

Founding Document for Indo-American Aquaponics Institute (IAAI)


IAAI aims to make Aquaponics one of the fastest growing economic activities in India within a decade, by (a) conducting awareness programs on Aquaponics; (b) building an international coalition of professionals, students and organizations who can act locally but think globally; © design, localize and build models of aquaponic systems for urban and rural environments; (d) impact on state and national government policies for promoting the growth of the Aquaponics industry; and (e) promote Aquaponics in the South Asian and Southeast Asian context, then globally.

Company Overview

The Indo-American Aquaponics Institute (IAAI) represents a global coalition of development professionals and experts in their own fields of work, led on the Indian side by Dr. Subhrankar Mukherjee (Secretary, ARTS) and on the American side by Mr. James Godsil (co-founder SWO & Sweet Water Foundation).


IAAI seeks to establish and promote Aquaponics as (a) a paradigm shift in the way fish and vegetables are traditionally grown, transported to the markets and points of purchase, and consumed; (b) an eco-friendly, efficient and effective alternative to the traditional methods, which are viewed as neither safe nor economically/environmentally sustainable, due to excessive use of chemicals and depletion of natural resources, such as land and water.

General information

Our short-term goal is to build an Aquaponics Center at Ullon, which will foster a convergence in the knowledge and experience of national and international aquaponic experts, from a growing list of people and organizations that have a track record of doing things successfully in their own domains, and putting them on a common platform to integrate various aquaponic innovations into a coherent strategy, to meet the aims and goals of IAAI.


Society for Appropriate Rural Technology for Sustainability (ARTS)

  1. Who we are:

The Society for Appropriate Rural Technology for Sustainability (ARTS), the lead organization in India, is a knowledge-based and technology driven non-profit NGO, committed to participatory practices for sustainable development . Please visit our website at [www.sankalpacmfs.org/src/], for more details on the nature of our work.

The ARTS Team has:

  • Mr. Santosh K. Mukerji, former Managing Director of the State Bank of India as its Adviser.

  • Mr. Sandip Bhatia, President, has more than 30 years of business administration and management experience.

  • Professor S.P. Mukherjee, Governing Body Member (GBM), Chairman IAPQR and Centenary Professor in Statistics, Calcutta University, is our Mentor.

  • Mr. Kapilananda Mondal, GBM, microfinance expert and CEO/Secretary of VSSU, an NGO in Special Consultative Status with United Nation-ECOSOC, provides project leadership at Village Ullon, near the Sunderbans, West Bengal, India.

Nancy Zook India Project

July 29, 2013

Just want to say hello and keep you in the loop of spreading the good word of Aquaponics here in Hyderabad!

Today was our first school presentation and it was so much fun! I spoke with 10th grade students at a local school and students are very interested in aquaponics and in Chicago. They asked very good questions about the systems and how they work.

I passed around my email address and encouraged students to write and I would try to connect them with students from Chicago so they could do a sort of pen pal exchange.

May I direct students to the aquapons site to encourage badge learning from abroad? Also to Sweetwater Foundation?

I am just informed that tomorrow Ms Khan and I will be giving another presentation - this time at the Hyderabad office of the State Environmental Agency.

We also hope to see the fisheries department of the local university.

I have not made final arrangements to travel to Mumbai as the last round of emails explained the system there is only a proposal and the actual eco park does not yet exist. Khakashan and I will decide on the when/where/if of the trip in the next day or two.

My recent emails to Subra keep bouncing back but I will try again soon.

I hope all is well in Chicago and Milwaukee!


before I left Chicago I picked up 30 prawns from Jason Shiver and delivered them to CHAS --- CCA will house 10 of the little guys but i thought it best to wait until I return to add them to our system so CHAS is caring for all for the next 2 weeks.

Jesse expressed an interest in prawns when he worked with the aquapons last Tuesday. We can work on that transfer when I return. Jason Shiver said he is attempting to breed again before the end of the summer and will have another batch of 4–500.


Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 12:16 AM

Yesterday Ms Khan and I went to a government environmental agency, EPTRI - Environmental Protection Training and Research Institute, Andhra Pradesh, India - and presented to a group of people who are working on environmental issues and climate change.

After the presentation, we exchanged emails/business cards and we shared information with them about Sweetwater Foundation, your website, and the project/exchange Sweetwater did with St Albert’s College. I included mention of the Aquapons program and how Sweetwater is using aquaponics to teach STEAM curriculum.

My next school visit is being set up today for tomorrow. I have not yet decided on a trip outside Hyderabad but I believe we will also visit the fisheries dept of the university here in Hyderabad.

Unfortunately I have not yet found a way to use the SD card from the camera to upload photos to the computer so photos will have to wait for now.

best to you both. Ms Khan sends her greetings,

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