Insect and Hydroponic Farming in Africa: The New Circular Food Economy

The World Bank

Past Event

Wednesday, Jan 19, 2022
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (UTC)

Registration Required

Hosts

The World Bank

Languages

English
English
French
French

Channels

Climate & Environment

Food & Nutrition

Virt Africa

People have eaten insects and hydroponic crops for hundreds of years. But farming them is new, with huge potential for human food and animal feed all year round with very little resources. Farmed insects can be fed organic waste, then quickly become protein-rich foods for humans and animals. Waste from insects can then return to the soil as biofertilizer, creating a circular economy.

Africa already has hydroponic farms and more than 850 insect farms that produce food and feed. But the sector is still in its infancy, with the potential to create millions of jobs, including for women and youth, if it is scaled up in Africa and beyond. Join our event to learn from insect farmers, development experts and World Bank staff who are pushing the frontier of agriculture to create jobs, improve food security and save the planet.

Hosts

The World Bank