Project Information

PI nameProf. Joshua O. Ogendo
Project titleA new technique for locust mass culture for food and feeds Industry in East Africa
PartnersScientific Cooperation Grant Initiative for Eastern Africa
  • Prof Joshua Ogendo, Egerton University
  • Dr Evans Obura, Kandiege, Homa Bay County
  • Dorothy Nakimbugwe, Makerere University
  • Professor Gerald Misinzo, Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA)
  • Dr. Gaspard Rwanyiziri, Center for Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing (CGIS)
  • Dr Chrysantus Tanga, International Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE)
Grant amountKES 80,514.00
Project StatusOngoing
Project LocationMpeketoni Campus, Egerton University
Project description East Africa is currently facing animal feed ‘famine’. With increased production of livestock products and urbanization, there is a growing deficit of animal feed across the region. Livestock feed companies face acute shortage of protein ingredient needed to formulate feeds for pigs, fish and poultry production. Insects are increasingly being recognized not only as a source of food to feed the ever growing world population but also as potential sources of new products and therapeutic agents. The locust (Insecta:Orthoptera) is considered to be ‘the livestock of the future’ owing to its ability to convert grass into high quality meat quickly, high biomass characteristic, and boom reproduction, ten times faster than ruminants. This study coalesce a consortium of 6 scientists from East Africa to evaluate performance of a new invention for locust mass production called the Roof Park™, invented by Dr Evans Obura of Sagla Park Ltd (Kenya). Nymphs will be collected from a stock culture of this species, maintained in an insectary at the International Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), Nairobi. RoofPark™ prototype will be built according to the technical specifications contained in the Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI) submission, and detailed in Appendix V. Analysis of the technique will generate information pertaining to biological efficiency, potential for value addition, risk of zoonosis, and risk of pollution by greenhouse gas emissions in the locust production system, measured by standard laboratory procedures (Methodology 9.1, Appendix I, II and III respectively). A MSc level postgraduate scientist will be attached to each objective, leading to training of 4 multidisciplinary doctorates. The new technique is founded on locust mass culture experiences at ICIPE, and once patented, it will empower locust
Project Start01/10/2018
Project End30/09/2019
Expected outputs1. A new technique for mass rearing of locusts wil have been tested and validated. 2. Scientific capacity building of graduate interns. 3. Biological effeciency of RoofPark Greenhouse Technology determination. 4. Viral risk of zoonosis in RPGHT determined. 5. Level of greenhouse gas emissions in RPGHT determined