UK Urges Hunger-Stricken African Nations To Farm Insects

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UK aid spending is encouraging hunger-stricken Africans to eat insects, with projects aiming to develop the practice in the Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC and Zimbabwe.

Edible insects have long been touted as a resource-efficient source of protein, requiring less land and water than conventional livestock.

However, taste and cultural resistance have proved to be stumbling blocks in extending the practice in many parts of the world.

In a move to realize the substantial on-paper benefits of insect-eating, a £50,000 UK aid project in the DRC is putting African caterpillars, migratory locusts and black soldier flies on the menu.

The initiative is being spearheaded in the North and South Kivu provinces of the DRC.

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