Integrating insects in poultry and fish feeds in Kenya and Uganda

In many African countries, the poultry and fish industries are among the fastest-growing agricultural businesses. However, the costly ingredients that make up animal feed, such as fish and vegetables, threaten the survival of these farmers. This project is aimed at solving this problem.

Researchers want to ensure long-term food and nutritional security by using insects as a reliable, sustainable, safe, and economical source of protein and other nutrients. Their goal? To improve animal feed production for small poultry and fish farming businesses in Kenya and Uganda.

In nature, insects are a food source for fish and birds. We know that their protein content is higher than that of conventional fish and soy-based feed. Insects also have other important functions. They can be used to convert different types of organic waste into animal biomass rich in protein, which can then be used as animal feed, an environmentally friendly way to recycle organic waste. Since protein is the most costly ingredient in poultry and fish feed, feeding them with insects is a viable option.

Researchers will adopt a multidisciplinary approach and qualitative and quantitative research methods. The research team will evaluate the technical feasibility and profitability of producing insect-based animal feed to create favourable social and political conditions for this purpose.

The research process for product development will be based on key factors for success: the needs and perceptions of the end users, market demand, business, innovation, and technology management. As part of the project, a multi-factor approach combining socio-economic, technical, laboratory, and field research and regulatory policies will be used to develop the products.

This 30-month project is the result of a partnership between Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, and the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology in Nairobi, Kenya.

Projet nᵒ


État du projet


Date de début

Vendredi, juillet 4, 2014


30 mois

Agent(e) responsable du CRDI

Innocent Butare

Financement total

CAD$ 2,349,600


Kenya, Ouganda


Cultivate Africa’s Future

Chargé(e) de projet

Dr. Komi Fiaboe


International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology

Pays d' institution


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Chargé(e) de projet

Dr. Dorothy Nakimbugwe


Makerere University

Pays d' institution


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