The Protein Transition: BSF as Feed Ingredient in Kenya and Uganda

Sub-Saharan Africa is confronted with complex interrelated problems of affordability and accessibility to feed and food for aquaculture, livestock, poultry and pig production for the larger share of the population. Moreover, drought, flooding and increasing commodity prices are accelerating the needs for more resilient food systems and strategies supporting trends of transitioning. Making use of locally cultivated insects and microalgae in feed supplied in the markets will not only enhance production potentials for local feed producers and small-scale farmers demanding the feed but will also provide high-quality affordable products for low-income consumers in Kenya and Uganda, if arrangements are implemented that will support such developments.

In this Concept note, we introduce a series of trials with black soldier fly larvae (BSFL) and spirulina as replacement of soyabeans and fishmeal in feed that are carried out by KMFRI and WUR 2022, as well as a Footprint Analysis in Uganda and household survey of farmers in Kenya, with the main aim to explore how to operationalise the use of fish feed containing black soldier fly larvae (BSFL) and spirulina for (fish) farmers in Kenya/Uganda, and to address challenges and opportunities for protein transition in the region of Lake Victoria.

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This study was conducted by Katrine Soma, Adriaan Vernooij, Maria Barbosa at al. on behalf of Wageningen Univresity and Research, NARO and KMFRI.


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