Why edible insects?

Globally, more than 2 billion people traditionally consume insects. More than 1,900 species are used as food. Insects are high in nutrients and is particularly rich in protein.

In Uganda, insects such as termites and grasshoppers are popular snacks. In DR Congo where many of the refugees in Uganda originate, it is also common to consume several species of insects, in particular the Mopani larvae.

Production of insects is relatively simple, does not require much land, and also only require little feed and water.

Edible insects therefore offer a potentially easy to access source of protein and vitamins for the refugee population in Uganda.