With the world’s population is expected to surpass 9 billion by 2050, estimates suggest that global food production will need to expand by 60 percent from current levels. Meeting this massive additional demand will require concerted action on a number of fronts, including efforts to increase the production and consumption of currently under-utilized and under-appreciated foods. There is now concerted action to address this critically important issue.
In 2013 FAO published Edible insects: Future prospects for food and feed security and were instrumental in the first international conference Insects to Feed the World to take place in the Netherlands in 2014
Writing and talking about it is one thing, but we want to be at the vanguard of this global initiative and prove that households can inexpensively provide such a food source that is highly nutritious, with a protein content on a par with fish and beef, is quick to mature, with virtually no environmental impact at all and can be farmed anywhere.
Working with the Centre for Livestock and Agriculture Development (CelAgrid) in Pursat Province, Cambodia we have set up the edible cricket farm project, with up to 100 households across 10 villages that are now producing crickets for consumption and sale. This “proof of concept” project is easily scalable to meet increased demand.
In Malawi we work in Kasankha Bay, Mangochi District with The African Moringa and Permaculture Project (AMPP) developing permaculture gardens and providing permaculture training and income generation activities for households. This project demonstrates the potential of Food Forests, sustainably managed, ecologically sensitive, bio-diverse and productive agricultural systems that enhance and replicate the structure and diversity of natural forests, to provide greater food security, nutritional diversity, a source of income and a means to increase resilience to climate change in Kasankha Bay.
In Rwanda we are partnering with the Rwanda Village Concept Project (RVCP), a volunteer organisation staffed by students from the National University of Rwanda. The project aims to improve the livelihoods of rice- growers in Nyanza marshland in Huye district, Southern Rwanda. The project provides quality seeds, promote the use of organic fertilizers and establish an economic enterprise model with five farmer cooperatives. RVCP students are co-beneficiaries, gaining skills, learning and knowledge through their actively participation in the project.
In Indonesia we continue to build on a long-term partnership with Gadja Mada University’s Faculty of Animal Science that have been implementing livestock projects in Gunungkidul Districts with the Orskov Foundation since 2008. The project provides training and support in goat husbandry, nutrition and health. Households are benefiting from the sale of goats and goat milk which received a premium price in local markets.
In Cambodia we have also been working with CelAgrid to implement a pig and chicken revolving fund project in Phnom Kravanh district, Pursat Province. Participating community members receive season long training in husbandry, nutrition and health using Farmer Field School (FFS) methodologies.