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The GREEiNSECT research project

Created at the University of Copenhagen, GREEiNSECT is a research consortium working on insects for food and feed in Kenya, supporting capacity building and producing scientific evidence through PhD studies in the fields of insect production, food product development, environmental and livelihood assessments. Effect on hunger, according to GREEiNSECT's handout on Insectproduction and SDGs: The consumption of insects can address undernutrition by providing vital micronutrients, like zinc and iron, and animal-source protein. Small-scale insect production can potentially increase household food security by providing access to nutritious ingredients. 

An example of advances in this field is the late discovery of a new, previously undescribed edible cricket with great promise for mass production for human consumption and inclusion as an alternative protein ingredient in animal feeds by the researchers at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) in Nairobi, Kenya. The species, which was collected and reared for experimental purposes at the Centre’s campus, has been named Scapsipedus icipe Hugel & Tanga nov. sp., and its discovery has been reported in a paper published recently in Zootaxa journal. The project started in January 2014. 

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Latest update: 02.11.2023