Invitation webinar: Insects as business

You are invited to join the open webinar ‘Insects as business opportunity for feed and food’. Taking place on 15 December at 13:00 – 14:00 CET. Are you interested in farming insects or processing insects? Get the latest insights at this webinar. TNO will host this online workshop and we will explore insects as an…
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Positive results of market study Flying Food in Rwanda

The Flying Food consortium investigated the technical and economic feasibility of starting with crickets for human consumption in Rwanda. Interviews of 417 consumers and 120 producers in all 5 provinces of Rwanda show positive results. There is a market demand; consumers are willing to include crickets in their diets as they are tasty and nutritious.…
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Happy New Year

We wish all our Flying Food partners a Happy New Year with lots of profit and impact in the cricket business! Illustration by Anne Klusman for Flying Food.
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Market study in Rwanda

Also the Rwanda Agriculture Board is interested to introduce crickets for food in Rwanda. The Flying Food consortium (TNO and ICCO) in collaboration with a local company Nutrifarm – Rwanda Cricket Farming ltd and Rwanda Agriculture Board will perform a market study in the coming months. This will comprise a technical and economic feasibility study.…
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Uganda production increases

Masaka Microfinance and Development Cooperative Trust Ltd (MAMIDECOT) is a member-based Savings and Credit Organization (SACCO) and essential partner of Flying Food in Uganda. After the exit of Dutch partners of Flying Food consortium (due to termination of project budgets) Mamidecot managed to continue running the cricket business. This week they acknowledged that performance of…
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Feasibility study Burundi

The Flying Food consortium performed a feasibility study in Burundi in which willingness of consumers was checked to eat crickets and interest of potential farmers, producers and processors to enter this new value chain. Main conclusion is that setting up Flying Food in Burundi will not be easy, but is feasible: More than 50% of…
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FF documentary on NL TV

Florence runs an orphanage in Kenya, and rears crickets to feed her children.  She is very enthusiastic because crickets are easy to rear, affordable and the proteins and minerals of the crickets improve the health of her fragile children. Margot Calis, one of the first insect breeders in the world, is visiting Florence frequently to…
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Cricket disease prevention

Unfortunately, cricket farms in Kenya and Uganda were disastrously affected by a bacterial infection in 2018 and almost the full production collapsed. The local farmers and Dutch partners sincerely regret this occurrence.  But this can happen and is a regular pattern in new value chains with livestock. We developed a remedy to clean up the…
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Flying Food Initiative continues

In June 2018, the 5 year Flying Food Project finished. However, the initiative continues. With active rearing in Kenya and Uganda, microfinance opportunities for farmers in both countries, processing in place and products developed, crickets are expected to grow as a nutritious, delicious food in the community.
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