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Market research in Kenya

Within the Flying Food Project, not only rearing but also sales of crickets and cricket deriverd products is very important. Elske Janssens, student at HAS University and supervised by Wendy van der Klein from BoPInc looked into the question whether local consumers will accept food products with this new protein source and in what form. From December…
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30/3 rearing system introduced

The Flying Food project has changed its rearing system. From a 8 bucket to a 30 crates system. The rationale for this radical change: – The buckets have too little ventilation – The age difference between the crickets in the buckets is so large (over a week) that the crickets cannibalize on each other –…
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Status after 1.5 years Flying Food

At one and a half year of operation the Flying Food, Marijke de Graaf of partner ICCO Cooperation and Henk van Deventer of TNO discussed the status of the Flying Food project with local coordinators Ablode Kojo, David Kamukama and Phoebe Owuor in Kenya and Uganda. The project counts with well-established and market oriented farmer…
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Study tour to Thailand

In February 2015, the GreeInsect project organised a study tour to Thailand. A party from the Flying Food Project, consisting of David Kamukama – ICCO, Godfrey Bwogi – Masaka District, Philistine Tieli – ADS, Natasja Gianotten – Jagran, and Jackline Oloo and Prof. Monica Ayieko from JOOUST, was invited to join. This learning visit to…
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Flying Food learning mechanism

As Flying Food is an innovative project learning by doing and applied research is very important. Based on the above mentioned monitoring mechanism we facilitate exchange of knowledge, information and experiences among partners in Kenya, Uganda and the Netherlands. Besides frequent field visits and face2face meetings we make use of a virtual platform accessible to…
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Cricket drying

One of the possible ways to extend shelf life of crickets is to dry them. Charles Odira from the company Mixa, Flying Food partner in Kenya, has developed a solar dryer for this purpose. Drying using solar energy doesn’t require electricity and is sustainable. Ruben Molenaar, from the HAS university, has investigated drying using the…
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Communication about crickets

The house cricket, Acheta Domestica, is not a common part of the diet around the Victoria lake in Kenya and Uganda. Nsenene (grasshoppers), white ants, termites and lake flies are regarded as delicacies, but crickets are not. However, crickets are delicious, nutritious, and on top of that easy to rear (as opposed to the insects…
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Conservation methods and product development

Two students of the HAS have been working on the Flying Food project as graduation subject. They have, under supervision of Marleen Vrij and Antien Zuidberg. They looked into conservation techniques and developed a number of recipes featuring crickets based on interviews and questionnairs in Kenya.
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Conference ‘Insects to feed the world’

The Flying Food Project was heavily represented at the conference ‘Insects to Feed the World’ in Wageningen. Delegations from Kenyan, Ugandan and Dutch partners were present, TNO had a stand highlighting the project, and the project organised a break-out session on the rearing of crickets. Over 450 experts and entrepreneurs from numerous sectors and 45…
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Flying Food in a dutch article on entomophagy

Eating insects is attracting more and more attention world wide – also in the Netherlands, where eating insects is still very uncommon. In the food magazine ‘ Gezond Eten’, the Flying Food project was mentioned in an article about entomophagy. PDF article: GeNL1403_042045_KokenMetInsecten_ok Website: www.gezondetenmagazine.nl
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