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Dilidecious / Published January 14, 2017 by desifenyka



Delidecious is a group of visionary student who has the same goal to provide nutrients availability around the world, particularly protein and carbohydrates which are vital needs in daily lives yet difficult to fulfill by several people. Malnutrition still became one of major problems in the world. Unicef stated that “Undernutrition contributes to nearly half of all deaths in children under 5 and is widespread in Asia and Africa”. Approximately 3 million unnecessary lives lost happen every year due to malnutrition. This situation is clearly occurred because the lack of nutrition access for certain group of people due to many things such as poverty, disaster struck in a region, regional conflict that disrupt food security, or even incomparable number of population and food production. Analysis conducted by our team gives an interesting result which is the majority of world’s population consumes relatively similar sources of nutrients even though the material is not widely available in their area. Cited from US Department of Agriculture, Indonesia and Japan are included in 10 largest wheat importer countries that is geographically cannot cultivate wheat. Indeed, other country which can cultivate wheat such as Egypt, EU, and Brazil are also listed in 10 largest wheat importer countries. Other examples can be seen from considerable amount of world livestock import circulation such as chicken, beef, and pork that reaching to 2, 8, and 10 million metric tons per year respectively. This indicates that many countries are choosing a those livestock as source of protein despite of its provision should be done by import. However, a question whether the availability of those conventional food stocks will keep sustainable until the following years arises. Looking closely to this phenomenon, our team suggests that the optimization and utilization of other plentiful source of nutrient around the world which have not been globally consumed should be done. Mealworms and taro are some example nutritious food which can substitute the conventional and widely consumed protein and carbohydrates sources. Protein content of a mealworm in average weight of 100 mg is 18.65%, in which very potential to substitute the conventional source of protein from livestock such as beef, pork, and chickens with number of 22.7%, 11.9%, and 24.4% protein per 100 gram respectively. Another advantage of choosing mealworms as a substitution to fulfill the world’s need of protein is its cultivation that only require short amount of time and relatively small area. Mealworms take approximately 12 days for cultivation, much shorter than conventional livestock animals which are 7-8 weeks for chicken, 3-4 months for pig, and 13-16 months for cow. Unfortunately, the use of mealworms as a source of protein has not been done mainly because a lot of people are not accustomed to consume it and even disgusted to it overlook the fact that it could be a good source of protein.

Furthermore, another food that we propose to be a substitution for carbohydrate is taro. Taro is an abundant source of food yet only consumed as a side dish in several countries. The world production of taro reached 10 million tons per year (Faostat UN Food & Agriculture Organisation). Countries which contribute to most of taro production are Nigeria, China, Cameroon, Ghana, and Papua New Guinea. Those countries mostly consume taro after steamed and boiled. Taro is easily planted in a land with sufficient amount of water and can be grown in tropics and subtropics area. The later makes it very potential to be a complementary of the world’s carbohydrate demand. Innovation on mealworms and taro to be a source of food that is familiar for people is the solution. We pack mealworms and taro into sachets of nutritious cereals which are practical and can be enjoyed by every people in various circumstances. The selection of affordable and practical sachet design is based on our desire to contribute in nutrition provision for all of the people around the world, mainly focus in the areas that need practical nutritional intake such as in conflict and disaster areas. We hope that this product can be a pioneer in the utilization of food resources that has not been optimally utilize or still wasted, in order to achieve the world food security and nutritions evenly in all circles.