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May 3, 2023


Food Waste-2-Cricket Feed’ project product brief.

Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is facing hunger and malnutrition challenges combined with a high and the fastest (2.6 %) growing population in the world, a third of which is young, that is, below 24 years of age (UNFPA & PRB, 2012; Plecher, 2019; World Population Review, 2020). Simultaneously there is high annual per capita food loss/waste of 120 -170 kg (Sheahan & Barrett, 2017). Hence, food waste is anticipated to increase with the increasing population. Through the ‘Piloting the Production and Distribution of a Low Cost ‘Protein and Micro-Nutrient Rich Cricket Feed from Food Waste in Kampala’ (Food Waste-2-Cricket Feed) project in the UCU Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, a team led by Dr. Geoffrey Ssepuuya has established: (i) that there is a daily production of 768 metric tonnes of food waste in Kampala; (ii) a processing protocol for converting food waste to a safe and shelf-stable cricket feed; and (iii) that the developed feed can support the growth and development of the house cricket Acheta domesticus. The proto-type cricket feed is nutritious with a performance similar to that of broiler starter mash. It contains a minimum of 21 % protein content, 8 % fat, 3 % fibre, 6 % ash, and 380 Kilo calories of energy.  The prototype product has been branded for marketing and distribution.

Uganda Christian University gets 75,000 USD grant from the Swedish Research Council.

With this award, the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences will start a network that supports capacity development in African Indigenous Vegetables research in the region.