Insect Proteins for Food and Feed

Insect Proteins for Food and Feed

SUMMARY
Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) has partnered with Scaled Impact in South Africa and the Department of Research and Specialist Services (DRSS) in Zimbabwe to develop fish and poultry feeds based on Insect Protein (Tenebrio molitor) and to build an industrial scale production to supply the mealworms. A fish feed will be developed, tested and commercialized by LUANAR and poultry feed by Department of Research and DRSS respectively. The commercial partner Scaled Impact will develop and drive the business strategy, evaluate other profitable applications of Mealworm protein and successively build a large-scale insect production operation.

PROGRESS
To date, the team has completed the:
• Market and regulatory assessment for the mealworm production and use in Africa and Europe.
• Business strategy, setting direction to Mealworm Protein applications, market segments and economies of scale.
• Set-up of pilot mealworm production facility.
• Determination of the mealworm feed supply from industrial waste.
• Fish and poultry feeding trials successfully, validating mealworm protein as a good fishmeal substitute.

Multiple potential customer contacts have been established and clear indication of interest from many of them has been received.

OUTCOME AND IMPACT
The production of the fish and poultry feeds will enable better and more competitive poultry and fish from aquaculture production in the SADC region. Currently, Africa has significantly lower levels of fish production due to inadequate feeding as result of high protein cost. Outputs from this project are expected to positively impact the aquaculture and poultry industry at industrial and small-scale farming level. Moreover, the industrial mealworms production is expected to impact on the shortages of high quality protein for both animals and humans.

 

TEAM

Prof. Emmanuel Kaunda
Project Leader – Malawi
Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR)
ekaunda@yahoo.com

Ms Msekiwa Matsimbe
Project Manager – Malawi
Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR)
msekiwa2@yahoo.com

Mr Florian Willfort
Commercial Partner – SA
Scaled Impact NPO
florian.willfort@scaledimpact.org

Mr Givious Sisito
Research Partner – Zimbabwe
Department of Research and Specialist Services (DRSS)
gsisito@gmail.com

Project Type

Flagship project

Countries involved

Status

Ongoing