BBSRC GCRF grant. Evaluation the safety and nutritional quality of a novel insect based food product in Benin.
Research Project , 2018

We are establishing the potential use of termite collection as a means of enhancing food security in West Africa. This year, we undertook a three month field trip to Northern Benin. We observed local collection methods and use of termites as a food resource. We established a cheap but effective light trap ($7) that can work off grid and will greatly improve harvesting efficiency from current methods; we will deploy this and test the technology next year. We established links with the local health/malnutrition centre to develop use of termites in aiding against malnourishment in this community. We additionally mapped termite mounds to ascertain the total resource available. We established satellite mapping was not effective, as when mounds are observed, they are commonly not alive. The proportion of dead termite mounds was unexpected, and the cause of mound death is unclear. Finally, we collected and preserved some termites for nutritional analysis; these proved the material was very high in lipid, protein and B vitamins, so represented an excellent nutritional supplement.

Participants

Rikard Landberg (contact)

Professor vid Chalmers, Biology and Biological Engineering, Food and Nutrition Science

Collaborations

International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

Nigeria

Stockholm Environment Institute

Stockholm, Sweden

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

Uppsala, Sweden

University of Liverpool

Liverpool, United Kingdom

Funding

University of Liverpool

Funding Chalmers participation during 2018

Related Areas of Advance and Infrastructure

Sustainable development

Driving Forces

Life Science Engineering (2010-2018)

Areas of Advance

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Latest update

2019-01-13