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

Project identifier 49-ENTO-ECONOMY
Project Status ongoing
Start date 2018-09-01
End date 2021-08-31
Roadmap Theme
  • Agriculture and food systems for nutrition: Improved food value chains
  • Expansion and improvement of agricultural markets and trade: Bio-economic strategies
  • Type of Project Development and innovation oriented (research) project
    Programme LEAP-Agri
    Keyword Nutritious value chain; Food security; Insects as food and feed
    Location Uganda; Kenya
    Main Funder ERA-Net Cofund (LEAP-Agri)
    Co Funder Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) (H2020)
    Coordinator Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
  • Makerere University
  • KU Leuven
  • Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences
  • Project Web Site https://www.leap-agri.com/?page_id=307
    Documents LEAP-Agri Projects information booklet



    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. EntoEconomy 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.

    Main objectives:
    • Establishing a multi-stakeholder alliance for improving and strengthening insect value chains;
    • Evaluating and disseminating models for mass production of crickets and grasshoppers by women and youth MSME’s to create a sustainable input supply system for insect value chains;
    • Enhancing commercialization of insect value chains by youth and women managed micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs);
    • Enhancing utilization and consumption of insects, insect-based products and products of animals raised on insect-based feed;
    • Enhancing the social, policy and regulatory environment for use of insects as food and feed in Uganda and Kenya.