Bank funds re­search into ed­i­ble in­sects

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - NATIONAL NEWS - BY VIC­TOR RABALLA

The World Bank has opened the way for re­search into ed­i­ble in­sects by fund­ing a lo­cal univer­sity.

The Sh600 mil­lion five-year fund­ing to Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Univer­sity of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy is ex­pected to pro­mote ed­i­ble in­sect re­search, train­ing and in­no­va­tion.

The in­sects tar­geted in­clude crick­ets, ter­mites, grasshop­pers, lake flies and black sol­dier flies. They could be eaten di­rectly or be bred to feed fish and poul­try.

“We are aim­ing to achieve longterm food and nu­tri­tional se­cu­rity by us­ing in­sects as a cost-ef­fec­tive, re­li­able and sus­tain­able source of pro­tein,” said Prof Adrian Mukhebu, the direc­tor of In­sects as Food and Feeds.

He added that the cen­tre had drafted short course train­ing mod­ules and de­vel­oped aca­demic pro­grammes for mas­ters and doc­tor­ate in food se­cu­rity and sus­tain­able agri­cul­ture, which were un­der­go­ing ac­cred­i­ta­tion by the Com­mis­sion for Univer­sity Ed­u­ca­tion.

“We hope to be cleared by the com­mis­sion in the next month or two be­fore we start re­cruit­ing stu­dents,” Prof Mukhebu said dur­ing the in­cep­tion work­shop at Grand Royal Swiss Ho­tel, Kisumu.

The fund­ing but­tresses the ar­gu­ment ad­vanced by the UN call­ing on coun­tries to fight hunger by pro­mot­ing eat­ing in­sects.

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