Updated Apr 13, 2018

Integrated Aqua-Vegeculture System

Part of North Carolina State University

The most water efficient food production methodology on Earth. Technology formally developed in mid-late 1980's. Commercially scaled via USDA in early 90's. Inadvertently spawned numerous quixotic aberrations referred to as "aquaponics".

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Stage 5: Scaling

'Proof of concept' comprehensively vetted, peer-review published and open-sourced 30+ years ago. Most recent applications dominantly in India with exponential interest being expressed around the globe, particularly from arid zone regions.

Focus Areas:

Agriculture, Water Management and All Sectors

Agriculture, Water Management and All SectorsSEE LESS

Implemented In:

United States, Cote d'Ivoire, Australia and 3 MoreSEE MORE

United States, Cote d'Ivoire, Australia, India, Egypt and ChinaSEE LESS

Countries Implemented In


Humanity must establish the means to provide for their sustenance without harm to the planet. iAVs was developed to transform lives for resource-challenged populations. iAVs provides for food security and nutrition among the globally disenfranchised.



iAVs employs the 'multiplication' (continual filtration and reuse) of a limited available water resource to facilitate local year-round food production using minimal energy, resource, and technical inputs. iAVs generates zero waste or pollution of any kind and is truly appropriate to, resilient and sustainable in water deficit and food insecure regions. iAVs also does not necessarily require a connection to an electrical energy grid.

Target Beneficiaries

The global poor and environmentally threatened, especially in food-insecure arid regions. iAVs is a real solution for the real world. Just within the past two years in India alone there has been established 2 research sites, 15 production farms, 20 more in planning phases and exponentially rising interest. India is certainly not the only country that would benefit substantially from implementing the iAVs technology. We NEED your assistance to make this happen globally.

Mission and Vision

Increased food security and nutrition for the global poor with improved health of their children without any environmental harm. Two principle applications are apparent. One is as a small-holder activity using local inputs, providing food self-sufficiency plus a surplus for the cash market. A second application is as scalable commercial enterprises near population centers. Either approach may be combined with coincident water harvesting, gardening, greenhouse, and/or renewable energy projects.

Innovation Description

Please watch the YouTube video title “An Introduction to iAVs”.
iAVs demonstrably 'works' and is proven exceptionally productive and efficient. iAVs has been repeatedly proven and replicated at various scales in numerous locations by unskilled operators. iAVs is a fully defined, proven food production system in which plants derive all required nutrients from the metabolic wastes of fish growth. The result is fresh fruit, vegetables and fish with exception yields, unrivaled efficiency and zero wastes. Essentially the fish are fed and their 'waste' products are converted to plant nutrient forms by soil microbes in sand filter beds, with the cleaned water returning to the fish tank to repeat the cycle. iAVs is an intentional ecosystem which mimics Earth's natural biological processes. iAVs is the symbiotic integration of the three primary ecological niches; the aquatic environment, the soil ecosystem and terrestrial plants including the rhizosphere. The water is recycled from 150 to 300 times before eventually being transpired by the plants. Replacement water is added periodically and ranges from 1 to 2.5% of the system volume per day depending on the prevailing climate and crops grown.

Competitive Advantage

If other viable solutions actually existed (had been implemented and/or worthy of same) then there would be no need for developing “innovation”. Many hundreds if not thousands of vastly inferior, alleged, unproven methods collectively labeled as "aquaponics" ‘exist’ – dominated by frauds, tall-tales and outright scams. Their ubiquitous willful ignorance of biological systems/agro-ecology combined with zero comprehension of ‘underdeveloped’ cultures/regions, as combined with egocentric delusional 'thinking', has generated a cyber-verse' of in-genuine charlatans, cults and pretentious buffoons (well-intentioned or not). However, iAVs is proven appropriate technology, demonstrated, efficient, effective, mature, reliable, sustainable and flexibly adaptable to a wide range of cultures and regions.

Planned Goals and Milestones

To have the alleged 'development' and so-called AID communities to finally wake up, to discern fact from fiction, to purposeful act to improve the human condition versus incessantly talking and stroking each others egos in boardrooms, conferences and cocktail parties. That they finally come to understand (30+ years late) that iAVS is the 'real deal' which has not in anyway been improved upon since, Rather, the opposite occurred in the ill-defined, miscreant guise of so-called ‘aquaponics’.
Funding Goal10,000,000
New Implemented CountriesBurkina Faso, Botswana, Niger, Namibia, Mali, South Africa
Recruit2 board, 2 management, 3 scientists, any volunteers and communities
New Featureintegration with renewable energy, water harvesting, nutrition education, and sustainable fish feed formulation programs


Aug 2018
New Country Implemented In
Apr 2018
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
Oct 2016
New Country Implemented In
Jun 1990
New Country Implemented In
Cote d'Ivoire
Jan 1985
New Country Implemented In
United States
May 1984

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