INSFEED2: Insect Feed for Poultry, Fish and Pig Production in Sub-Saharan Africa
Poultry, fish, and pig production are constrained by a shortage of animal feed protein. Currently the quantity, quality, and cost of feed undermines efforts to meet the growing consumer demand for animal protein in eastern and southern Africa. Insects represent an alternative protein source to tackle these development challenges in a sustainable manner. IDRC supported a pilot project (from 2014-2017) that demonstrated the technical feasibility and economic profitability of this solution and established standards that guide the use of insects in animal feed.
Building upon the strong results of the project, the research team is proposing to develop gender-responsive business models suitable for job creation and income generation in small and medium-scale enterprises for men, women, and youth farmers. It will analyze and compare outcomes from different upscaling pathways and assess the performance of insect colonies and livestock produced with insect-based feed under field conditions in various agro-ecological zones. Policymakers, the private sector, NGOs, and farmers will be engaged at different levels.
The study’s multidisciplinary approach will include training 11,070 households and 60 small and medium enterprises in Kenya in mass insect rearing and processing for feed and backstopping.
The project will strengthen the capacity of 100 young men and women entrepreneurs in business skills development, while the technology will be fine-tuned in Kenya and Uganda.
This project is funded through the Cultivate Africa’s Future Fund (CultiAF), a joint program of IDRC and the Australian International Food Security Research Centre of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research. CultiAF supports research to achieve long-term food security in eastern and southern Africa.