Who are we?

The Flying Food Partnership consists of 4 Dutch partners and multiple African partners.

The Dutch partners are:

  1. TNO (coordinator of the partnership) – Mathilde Miedema
  2. Wageningen Food and Biobased Research – Erwin Beckers
  3. New Generation Nutrition Ltd – Marian Peters
  4. Kreca – Entofood, part of Ynsect – Margot Calis

Main African partners are:

  1. Kenya: MIXA Food and Beverages – Charles Odira
  2. Uganda:  Cricket trainer – Esther Amoding
  3. Nigeria: New Generation Nutrition – John Amole
  4. Nigeria: Springboard Cooperative
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.

Partners in the Nyanza region (Kenya)
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.

Kreca EntoFood B.V.

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



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.