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Record number 566846
Title Insects for peace
Author(s) Barragán-Fonseca, Katherine Y.; Barragán-Fonseca, Karol B.; Verschoor, Gerard; Loon, Joop J.A. van; Dicke, Marcel
Source Current Opinion in Insect Science 40 (2020). - ISSN 2214-5745 - p. 85 - 93.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cois.2020.05.011
Department(s) Laboratory of Entomology
WASS
Sociology of Development and Change
EPS
PE&RC
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2020
Abstract

Insects such as the black soldier fly (BSF) are a nutritious feed component for livestock with high protein levels. BSF can be reared on a wide range of organic residual streams. This allows for local production within a circular agriculture, decoupling livestock production from import of expensive feed components, such as fishmeal or soymeal. Rearing of BSF can be done by smallholder farmers, thus contributing to their livelihood, economic sustainability and social status. Smallholder farmers contribute importantly to food security, which is a prerequisite for a stable society. In armed conflicts, smallholder farmers are usually the first to suffer. In countries recovering from conflict, agricultural development should focus on restoring food production by smallholder farmers, improving their socio-economic position, thereby contributing to sustainable development goals 2 (zero hunger) and 16 (peace and justice). Here, we focus on these SDGs with an example of reintegration of ex-combatants as smallholder insect producers in post-conflict Colombia.

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