Insect products as feed in Kenya
Poultry, pig and fish farming are the fastest growing agribusiness activities in East Africa. However, the high costs of feed greatly hampers profitable gains for farmers. The research will explore the potential of insects to supplement feed. Furthermore, awareness and market opportunities in production of insect-based protein for the livestock industry will be created.
Aim: Poultry, pig and fish farming are the fastest growing agribusiness activities in East Africa. However, the high cost of feeds greatly hampers profitable gains for small and medium-holder farmers in these sectors. There is a research need for alternative sources of low-cost feed supplements. The proposed project will exploit the potential of insects, mainly the black soldier fly (BSF), Hermetia illucens in commercial production of a low-cost, high-quality protein source to supplement feeds for poultry, pig and fish farmers. Through its consortium partners, the project will create awareness and market opportunities in production of insect-based protein for the livestock industry. The project will work with youth and women farmer groups to build their capacity to rear BSF and market thereby ensuring farmer participation in establishment of intensive insect-based agribusiness enterprises. The consortium will also engage in research to assure high nutrition and microbial safety of the insect-based protein products.
Objective: The main objective of the project is to establish profitable community-led agro-enterprises for commercial production of safe and high quality insect-based feeds for the poultry, pig and fish industries to improve livelihood and promote youths and women employment through capacity building on the use of insects as a source of feed for livestock production (pig, poultry and fish).
Method: To achieve the goals of the project, the following steps will be used:
- Year 1- Situation analysis, farmer mobilization, awareness creation and market exploration.
- Year 2- Basic research, Optimization and technology up-scaling phase.
- Year 3 – Enhance farmer groups’ contribution to the feed entrepreneurship and market chain development in Kenya.
- Year 4 – Insect-based microenterprise.
Dutch policy goals: Inclusive business models for food security; and Regional trade for food security.
Duration: January 1, 2016 – October 14, 2019