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Projects and activities | 14 June 2019

Ento-Economy - Enhancing food and nutrition security through promotion of edible insects value chain in Eastern Africa eno-economy

Global Food and Nutrition Security

This project aims to contribute to addressing malnutrition in general through developing sustainable insect-based value chains for improved food and nutrition security in Kenya and Uganda. Insects contribute to the human food chain either by direct consumption or indirectly as feed for domestic animals when farmed as mini-livestock. Cricket and grasshopper farming models have been successfully established in Kenya and Uganda with farmers being trained and supported to take up the venture as a business. Grasshopper rearing protocols were developed through the INSFEED project and a standard for "Dry insect products for compounding animal feeds" was developed and approved in Kenya and Uganda as proof of concept. Crickets and grasshoppers rearing models and nutritious, safe insect-based products have been developed and tested locally satisfactorily. Therefore subsequent work is required to prove commercial viability and up-scale them for commercialization of the innovations in order to satisfy the projected high demand for insect-based foods. In Uganda, for instance, Makerere University market tested a ready-to-eat grasshopper product and the results demonstrated enormous demand while demand for cricket based bread in Kenya was high. However, edible insect value chains remain under-developed, therefore limiting their contribution to food and income security in the region. Ento-Economy project aims to unlock the potential of edible insect value chains in Kenya and Uganda. Lessons learnt from ongoing and previous research initiatives in the Eastern African region on mass production and processing of insects will be harnessed to guarantee success.