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Protein transition in low and middle income countries

Affordable access to proteins and micronutrients in daily food is still an issue for low and middle income groups. As part of the needed protein transition TNO has chosen insects as an important source for nutritious food and an income generator. Interest in insects is growing in Europe and Africa. TNO is founder of the Flying Food consortium and jointly we create access to affordable proteins and livelihood, by setting up an inclusive value chain on crickets for human consumption, in low and middle income countries.

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Good food and jobs

In the last 4 years, the Flying Food consortium established the rearing, processing and retailing of crickets in Kenya and Uganda. With the lessons learned there, the concept Flying Food is reproducible to other regions and countries with a solid business model.

Ambition is to scale Flying Food to 5 other countries in sub-Saharan Africa and create 15.000 jobs, especially for women and youth, reduce malnutrition by providing 200.000 servings annually and reduce the carbon footprint by boosting this climate smart protein source.

Flying Food Consortium

The Flying Food consortium exists of four partners from the Netherlands: TNO, Wageningen Food & Biobased Research, Protifarm Ltd and New Generation Nutrition Ltd. The Flying Food consortium establishes public private partnerships in sub-Sahara Africa, develops new projects, attracts funding and investment capital, transfers knowledge and experience on the cricket business to local partners and guides the innovation of the new cricket value chain.

More information is provided on the website of the Flying Food Consortium. Also technical guidelines for rearing crickets on small and medium scale and key figures for the business case are provided here.

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Flying Food - crickets for food and jobs in Africa

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Insects for food or feed

We have chosen for insects, specifically crickets, directly for human consumption and not for chicken or fish feed because crickets are healthy, tasty and affordable for humans. Furthermore crickets are an efficient and sustainable food source with attractive business opportunities for farming and processing them into food products. Fish and chicken are much more expensive for our target group.

News

Positive results of market study Flying Food in Rwanda

27 October 2020
This study presents a business opportunity for crickets for human consumption in Rwanda. Consumers show a demand and willingness to include crickets in their diet, because crickets are tasty and nutritious.... Read more
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Producing crickets for food is viable in Burundi

14 November 2019
The Flying Food initiative promotes crickets as human food. After setting up a cricket value chain in Kenya and Uganda, other East African countries began to show interest. A feasibility study was recently... Read more
TNO Insights

African crickets: investing in new sources of protein

11 April 2016
In Kenya and Uganda, 45 farmers are breeding insects for the production of protein. It is expected that at the end of 2017 approximately 600 small-scale commercial cricket farms will be in operation as... Read more
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  • Developing countries
  • Development Cooperation
  • Africa
  • Bangladesh
  • Inclusive Business

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