Bank funds research into edible insects
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.