Scientists at the Nairobi-based International Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) called Wednesday on food insecure countries to consider insects as food and animal feeds.
The scientists observed that the 870 million people who are currently going hungry globally can feed on the 2,000 kinds of insects that are consumable by humans, adding that Insects are healthy, nutritious and an alternative to mainstream staples such as chicken, pork, beef and fish.
“What we eat and how we produce it needs to be re-evaluated by rectifying inefficiencies and food waste reduced as well as finding new ways of growing food,” The Director General of ICIPE Dr. Segenet Kelemu said.
She disclosed that insect harvesting and rearing is a low-tech, low-capital investment option that offers entry even to the poorest sections of society, such as women and the landless.
“The governments need to encourage insect farming as a new way of addressing food security to help replace meat and fish that are consumed and at the same time used as animal feeds,” Dr. Sunday Ekesi, ICIPE’s Principal Scientists and Head of Arthopod Pathology said.