Rescue Kit Encourages Refugees To Grow Insects As Food

Instead of making one-time food drops, the Locust Farm concept gives refugees the tools they need to grow their own grasshoppers.

Reimagining what international aid looks like, one team suggests providing a more sustainable source of food: grasshoppers. Based on a study of the largest refugee camp in the world in Dadaab, Kenya, the team developed Locust Farm, a food kit that lets refugees raise their own insects.

As the project explains:

This is a kit of food consisting of various compartments; one side of the box is dedicated to grasshopper adults (male and female) and the other dedicated to newborns (eggs and pupae).¬†Next to this box various accessories needed for each home to raise their own insects, to obtain as much food as necessary to avoid malnutrition.¬†Linked to this kit is a small water tank for the grasshoppers to drink from, a small amount of earth with nutrients for the females to lay their eggs on, and a pipette to maintain the farm’s humidity.

While perhaps not appetizing by Western standards, for a family that consumes around 2,200 calories per week (instead of per day), having a self-sustaining source of food could mean the difference between life and death.

Locust Farm

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