The Flying Food project started as a PPP (Public Private Partnership). Governmental parties, industry and any NGOs and knowledge institutions collectively entered into a cooperative partnership with the ministry of foreign affairs and receive subsidies for a program that focuses relevant themes developed by the ministry. This project was sponsored by the Dutch Ministries facility for Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Food Security (FDOV) and by the Achmea Foundation. It consists of 12 partners: TNO (coordinator), VENIK, Kreca, NGN Pro-Active, Nostimos B.V., M. Ruig en Zonen B.V., ICCO, BoPInc and HAS University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, JOOUST University, ADS, MIXA Foods and Beverages and KBL in Kenya and ICCO ROCEA, FXSsalango and EntoAfrica in Uganda. The project ran from 2013 to 2018. The initiative however continues and more partners join to make the cricket rearing value chain a success.

TNO Flying food


TNO is an independent Applied Research Institute established in 1932 with around 3000 employees. Core business is contract research, specialist consultancy, grants licenses for patents, certifying products and services and setting up new companies to market innovations. TNO is active on Innovation for Development ‘Inclusive business projects in developing countries’ since 2007 and has a formalized Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)-policy.

TNO is coordinator of the Flying Food project. TNO also gives input in the project on scientific and applied knowledge on food processing and conservation, as well as on food design and food security. Furthermore on business models featuring low income players, system innovation, knowledge transfer and training.

Wageningen University & Research

The mission of Wageningen University & Research is ‘To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life’. We combine fundamental and applied knowledge in order to contribute to resolving important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment. With approximately 6,500 members of staff and 10,000 students, Wageningen University & Research is a world leader in its domain. An integral way of working, and cooperation between the exact sciences and the technological and social disciplines are key to its approach.


Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), including the embassies of Kenya and Uganda, promotes the overall interest of the Netherlands through political, cultural and economic diplomacy. In development cooperation programs the embassies support among others economic development on agriculture, food security, trade and entrepreneurship. The ministry is a partner in the project in a non-executive role. It supports the project with advice, networking and match making and facilitates dialogue and contact with local authorities.

Achmea Foundation – sponsor

Achmea Foundation works towards a society where everyone can participate. With their partners they work towards structural and market based solutions. Achmea Foundation contributes both financially and in-kind with Achmea experts. The initiatives in health, agriculture and financial services make the difference to people in disadvantaged social economic positions.

Partners in the Nyanza region (Kenya)



KBL (Kenya Biologics Ltd.) is a private sector Kenyan SME since 2007. KBL rears insects for the development, manufacturing and selling of biological pesticides. Strength: knowledge and experience in rearing insects, local presence, local markets. Interest; corporate social responsibility, improving nutrition and income generation.


Mixa Food & Beverages Ltd is a private sector registered business that deals in fabrication of food processing equipment and their usage. Furthermore, it produces food stuffs and promotes and sells of food products. The business started in 2004 under sole proprietorship to Mr Charles Odira. Mixa’s interest is in development and business with new products and novel processing equipment such as the solar dryer, being part of new value chain.


RAFODE is microfinance institution registered in 2007. It operates in Western Kenya with 5 offices in Kisumu, Kakamega, Sondu, Homa bay and Awendo.



ADS (Anglican Development Services) is an NGO Kenyan Development Organisation on value chain development at food and agro. It is member of the Agriprofocus Kenya Agri-Hub since 1997. Strength: empowering local farmers, income generation for BoP, value chain development, networks of local farmers, realizing food security, poverty alleviation, sustainability, entrepreneurship, and co creation in public private partnership.


JOOUST (Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology) is a knowledge institute, a centre of excellence in training, research and community outreach services offering practical and market oriented courses. Founded in 2009 and based in Bondo (North-West of Kenya). Strengths: local scientific knowledge on conservation, food processing, food design with insects, socio-economic impact, international sustainable innovation, knowledge transfer, international network and training.

Partners in the Masaka region (Uganda)



MAMIDECOT is an indigenous member based financial institution, whose objective is to provide a mechanism for low income people to save and borrow at low interest rates in order to meet its members` socio–economic needs. Currently, MAMIDECOT operates in the Greater Masaka Region to provide quality financial and social services to members of the society in Masaka and neighbouring districts. MAMIDECOT envisions being a sustainable financial institution with transformed and prosperous members. It aims to alleviate poverty amongst its members in the rural and urban setting especially the financially excluded, marginalised women and youth.



ICCO Cooperation Central and Eastern Africa (ICCO ROCEA): Regional Office of ICCO Cooperation (see below), based in Uganda, established in 2009. The focus of the office in the region is on democratization and conflict transformation, fair economic development, business incubation and investment, food security, education and HIV/aids. ICCO ROCEA’s input in the project is value chain development, BoP market understanding and local coordination in Uganda and Kenya.

Partners in the Netherlands


New Generation Nutrition

New Generation Nutrion (NGN) is a Dutch SME aiming to create new business in collaboration with insect farmers and supply chain partners for new markets for insects for food and feed.


The Dutch insect farmers association (Vereniging Nederlandse Insecten Kwekers, Venik) established in 2008. Four member companies participate in Flying Food, bringing in their expertise on all aspects of edible insects, applied knowledge of rearing insects, quality control in production, processing, marketing and distribution, supply chain development, business cases and scaling strategies.

Participating Venik members:

Kreca EntoFeed B.V.

Kreca is an originally Dutch family owned SME active in rearing and selling of insects for feed and food. Established in 1980.

M. Ruig en Zonen B.V.

Ruig is a Dutch family owned company founded 120 years ago. Poultry supplier and speciality company in meat and meat related products. Since 2008 serving Bugs Original Food.


Nostimos is a Dutch SME active in rearing crickets for feed and food. Established in 1984.


ICCO Cooperation

ICCO Cooperation is a global cooperative for development cooperation, active in 44 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Operational work is done in seven Regional Offices, of which one is based in Uganda. Established in 1964, with a network of 900 partner organizations, ICCO Cooperation implements programs on justice & dignity and securing sustainable livelihoods. ICCO Cooperation promotes, facilitates and invests in collaboration between stakeholders in development: NGOs, enterprises and governments.


BoP Innovation Center (BoPInc) is an alliance that develops, learns about and accelerates market-led Base of the Pyramid (BoP) inclusive innovation since 2010. Expertise on BoP market understanding, business model development, scaling strategies, facilitating market based inclusive innovations, sustainability, entrepreneurship, co creation in public private partnership.

HAS Den Bosch

HAS Den Bosch is an independent knowledge institute (University of Applied Science) in ‘s-Hertogenbosch which offers courses in the theme of agriculture, nature, food and the environment. They have a staff of 415 and 2600 students. Strengths: education, applied knowledge on food processing and food design, training students, international networks, insects, knowledge transfer and training.

Associated partners

Uganda Martyrs University

Uganda Martyrs University is one of the top ten ranking universities in Uganda. Established in 1989, it is a private higher education institution located in the rural setting of the large city of Kampala. It is a relatively small university, with an enrollment range of 2000-3000 students.