Hoppers

Modeling insect-based value chains for food security.

Hoppers is a grasshopper value chain project that develops blueprints for utilizing the insect as food for human and livestock consumption.

Tags:
  • grasshopper recipes
  • value chain
  • grasshoppers
  • Thought For Food 2014
  • insect husbandry
  • TFF Challenge

Use Case

Matt's has been harvesting trading grasshoppers for decades now. However, his family cannot depend on grasshoppers as a sole commodity for food or household income, because of the seasonality of the insect (comes twice a year for about 5 days each), dangerous electrified harvest and storage systems, as well as rudimentary processing and product potential.With the learning and processing materials Hoppers is developing, Matt will not only learn how to rear and harvest grasshoppers and other insects all year round thereby ensuring higher, consistent income for his household, he will also learn how to optimally and safely harvest and store the insects, as well as process them into value-added products. His customers will also have a larger variety of products to choose from.

Potential

Insect-based value chains are generally undeveloped and undocumented all over the world. Yet insects have the potential to supply large proportions of nutrients needed for human and livestock consumption.Given that our model insect - the grasshopper - is already ubiquitous and thrives in many ecosystems, farmers and business people all over the world who leverage our products can explore new lines of food products and ingredients, while families will be able to experiment with new recipes.Our solution also aims to reduce accidents from electrified grasshopper trapping systems by developing safe, low-cost products for harvesting the insects. Thus the project has the potential of introducing insect-based foods and ingredients into food systems that are currently devoid of the same.

Business Case

We are developing learning materials and prototypes that will be sold via a handbook, ebook and audio-visual formats. We will also provide on-site and remote training to individuals and groups, as well as provide consultancy services for grasshopper or other insect-based value chain actors and prospective investors.Our materials will include lessons on insect husbandry for year-round production, blueprints for processing technologies for machine fabricators, business plans and potential products for food processors, prospective investors and businesspeople, as well as cookbooks and recipes for mums at home.

Objectives:

  1. To develop training materials and blueprints for the grasshopper value chain for traders, food processors, as well as moms at home.

Team Hoppers

Kampala, Uganda

  • Science / Engineering
  • Agricultural Production / Productivity
  • Africa

Our Team

#standupsnackup / Published December 7, 2014 by Ahabwe Samuel

#standupsnackup

Us and co-members of other teams with whom we share working space and mentors

Grasshopper season in Uganda is ON! / Published December 7, 2014 by Ahabwe Samuel

Grasshopper season in Uganda is ON!

The grasshopper season in Uganda is currently raging in Uganda. Not that traders and families are still able to trap a sizable amount, but stocks are at all time highs. To make a reasonable buck of the delicacy, traders often horde sack-fulls of the insect for sale off season, especially during the peak of the Christmas and New Years holidays.

Our work is looking at enhancing and documenting this very same value chain. What better time to be submitting our project!

Our Mission

We seek to develop blueprints for the grasshopper food/feed value chain that is currently completely undocumented. We hope that by devising initial prototypes, the value chain will develop into an important source of non-plant protein to feed the world.

Our Background

Grasshoppers are an already accepted delicacy in nearly all of Uganda. Increasingly, nationals from countries in the region, as well as other foreigners are beginning to adopt the delicacy. We are enhancing the existing grasshopper value chain in which products are stripped of all nutrients through rudimentary processing. Our blueprints combine existing knowledge with practical research to develop new ways of breeding, harvesting, processing, recipes and ingredients for the grasshopper market. These blueprints are developed in such a way as to make them accessible for start-ups and other low-capital ventures.

#standupsnackup / Published December 7, 2014 by Ahabwe Samuel

#standupsnackup

Us and co-members of other teams with whom we share working space and mentors

Grasshopper season in Uganda is ON! / Published December 7, 2014 by Ahabwe Samuel

Grasshopper season in Uganda is ON!

The grasshopper season in Uganda is currently raging in Uganda. Not that traders and families are still able to trap a sizable amount, but stocks are at all time highs. To make a reasonable buck of the delicacy, traders often horde sack-fulls of the insect for sale off season, especially during the peak of the Christmas and New Years holidays.

Our work is looking at enhancing and documenting this very same value chain. What better time to be submitting our project!

Our Team

Our Mission

We seek to develop blueprints for the grasshopper food/feed value chain that is currently completely undocumented. We hope that by devising initial prototypes, the value chain will develop ...Read More

Our Background

Grasshoppers are an already accepted delicacy in nearly all of Uganda. Increasingly, nationals from countries in the region, as well as other foreigners are beginning to adopt the ...Read More

The information contained here represents student project ideas developed as the result of brainstorming activities during Round 1 of the TFF Challenge. It does not represent any final business plans or commercial products.