Edible insect farming – Kenya

Geographical profile

ICIPE’s mission is to help alleviate poverty, ensure food security, and improve the overall health status of peoples of the tropics, by developing and extending management tools and strategies for harmful and useful arthropods, while preserving the natural resource base through research and capacity building. The Centre’s vision is to pioneer global science in entomology, to improve the well-being and resilience of people and the environment to the challenges of a changing world, through innovative and applied research, alongside deep exploratory study, impact assessment, evaluation, and sustainable capacity building.


Insects and other arthropods are the most diverse and abundant forms of life on earth. They are also a paradox within the sustainable growth equation especially in tropical regions such as Africa where, on the one hand, they contribute to developmental stagnation because of their ability to severely reduce the output of humans, animals, and plants. On the other, because of their tremendous biodiversity, insects harbour great potential for development. There is a critical lack of research into large-scale production process to effectively monitor and harvest the insects.

Expected benefits

ICIPE, collaboration with MANA and other partners, will actively engage in the development of insect production lifecycle. The IoT devices to be developed within NESTLER, will lead to the insect counting methodology solutions and offer insights into the manufacturing of FRASS fertiliser to stimulate crop growth.