ICIPE INSFEED Project
INSFEED PHASE 2: INSECT FEED FOR POULTRY, FISH AND PIG PRODUCTION IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
SUB-GRANT FROM: THE INTERNATIONAL CENTER OF INSECT PHYSIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY
MAIN DONORS: INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH CENTER (IDRC) AND THE AUSTRALIAN CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH (ACIAR)
USIU-Africa’s Global Agribusiness Management and Entrepreneurship (GAME) Center signed a research project agreement with the International Center of Insect Physiology and Ecology to develop and test gender inclusive insect feed supply models and build capacity along the value chain. The overall objective of the project is to enhance food and nutrition security, jobs and income for small- and medium-scale men, women and youth farmers/entrepreneurs through promoting cost-effective insect based protein feed source for poultry, fish and pig production in Kenya and Uganda.
The study will be conducted in three (3) different agro-ecological zones that is Central Kenya, Western Kenya and Central Uganda.
Four different sets of entrepreneurs will be targeted and in each of these target groups, men, women and youth will intentionally be represented and their respective performance compared:
- Small-scale farmers with varying education background
- Young entrepreneurs with O-Level recruited and trained through various incubation programs
- SMEs already fully established and involved either in feed production or animal rearing and willing to integrate their existing activities with insect rearing
- Poultry, fish and pig entrepreneurs
To this end, GAME Center has recruited youth (from Busia, Siaya, Kiambu, Bungoma and Nyandarua) and helped in supervising the construction of Screen Houses. The Center has also developed agribusiness training materials to be used during agribusiness training and currently developing the mentor and mentee manuals that will be instrumental during the mentorship phases of the project.