Kenyan university to commercialize edible insects to boost food security


A Kenyan university said Tuesday it plans to commercialize edible insects in order to boost food security in the country.

Monica Ayieko, a professor at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and technology (JOOUST) told Xinhua in Nairobi that the insects that have been identified as fit for human consumption include crickets, longhorn grasshopper,and honey bees.

“We are promoting consumption of insects because of their abundance in nature as well as their high nutritional value,” Ayieko said during the 7th Technical and Appraisal meeting of the East and Southern African Higher Education Centers of Excellence project.

The World Bank has provided a 600 million Kenyan shilling (about 6 million U.S. dollars) grant to JOOUST to establish the Africa Center of Excellence in Sustainable Use of insects as Food and Feeds (INSEFOOD). Continue reading…

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