InsectIn - an insect-microfarming incubator

A cheap source of protein for the poorest who suffer from kwashiorkor.

Our idea is to fight kwashiorkor by breeding edible insects in an insect-microfarming incubator made using recycled materials.

Use Case

InsectIn is targeted for small households in countries such as Angola, which is the place with the highest amount of life years lost due to kwashiorkor. The families could place from 5 to 10 insect incubators in the proximity of their house and feed the insects with all the organic residues. The locals know simple ways of preparing native insects, such as roasting and boiling, therefore the usage of the incubator would be very simple. The incubators could be cleaned with water or simply emptied and filled in again, as bugs will process the organic matter. Introducing insects farming may be difficult at the beginning, but groups such as GREEiNSECT and MIGHTinsect proved in other African countries that it is perfectly possible to introduce such ideas.

Potential

Never before has there been an insect incubator made entirely of recycled materials, just like ours. Also, there is no direct insect farming market in Angola – at least not targeted at the poorest citizens; insects are rather collected for sales. The idea of filling in the kwashiorkor/protein deficiency gap with insects is also relatively new – before insects were more likely to be seen as a source of food to feed the hungry, not to treat symptoms of kwashiorkor with a diet. Our idea requires neither significant funds nor special materials, which makes it extremely easy to execute. Overall – it is simple, efficient, and it approaches a big problem from a completely new angle.

Business Case

The members of our team would be divided into subsections of execution, management, marketing and sourcing. The two members of execution would be responsible for transforming the raw materials into a simple incubator in an easiest possible way. The management would create a plan of action and plans of propagation, realised by marketing. Sourcing would be responsible for finding the materials. The product would be advertised in local communities and explained clearly to the native Africans. Convinced communities would be asked to participate in the spreading of the idea. The product would be made in small local factories and initially paid for with raw materials and help for the team (food, place to stay). As the business grows, it could even provide workplaces for local people.

Objectives:

  1. To fight kwashiorkor in Sub-Saharan Africa with insects, organisms easy to breed and full of protein.
  2. To create a sustainable and efficient business able to grow and expand in an unknown environment.
  3. To develop and grow as human beings by helping those who need it most.

Team InsectIn

Melbourne, Australia

Our Team

Almost ready / Published November 22, 2015 by Sarah Cameron

Almost ready

We're finishing our films. They will be ready soon enough!

Way to go - how to iterate our project? / Published November 17, 2015 by Sarah Cameron

Way to go - how to iterate our project?

After speaking with our tester and reading some more, we made this scheme on iterating our project. We want to create a lit to prevent bugs from escapins, as well as define our resources at the place of action.

Live Testing - InsectIn / Published November 17, 2015 by Sarah Cameron

Live Testing - InsectIn

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMEIZdapfEo

Eric agreed to be our beta tester - I was standing on the street and asking people for an opinion on our project. Look how it goes!

Expert Input 1 / Published November 5, 2015 by Sarah Cameron

Expert Input 1

We are sharing the first of our Expert Inputs. Robert Nathan Allen is the founder of Little Herds, the first Entomophagy based educational nonprofit in North America, and Director of Communications at Aspire Food Group, the first and only company in the US to farm food-grade insects and process them into usable ingredients like cricket flour. He agreed to share his thoughts on our project. Take a look at it - doesn't sound so bad!

GIF Masters / Published November 5, 2015 by Sarah Cameron

GIF Masters

We made it! The prototype is here, created with the red-nailed fingers of our team leader Dalia :)

Our Mission

Our team met at the VGen World Vision meetings, where we have all been working towards alleviating poverty and children labour around the Globe. When we saw the Thought For Food challenge, we knew it was something for us - we were passionate about it. We are the 'World Visioners' because we have a great vision of the better world - a world without hunger and poverty. As we are all students of the University of Melbourne, we strongly believe that education and innovation are important elements of creating a stable and sustainable socioeconomic situation. Great ideas are the source of incentive to change the world as it is - and see it as a better place.

Our Background

As young changemakers, we believe that if you put just a little bit of effort towards thinking and problem solving, you can make a huge impact. It doesn't take much to come up with simple idea that can make others lives easier. All we need is a little bit of time and passion that drives us towards a better tomorrow. If we all were a little bit more concerned about our surroundings and, for example, recycled everything, we would make a huge change. It is not necessarily the case - plenty of people do not think about the future, they take the available resources for granted. This is where we want to make change - with our ideas we want to take charge and find solutions that can create a stable future for the Earth and its inhabitants.

Almost ready / Published November 22, 2015 by Sarah Cameron

Almost ready

We're finishing our films. They will be ready soon enough!

Way to go - how to iterate our project? / Published November 17, 2015 by Sarah Cameron

Way to go - how to iterate our project?

After speaking with our tester and reading some more, we made this scheme on iterating our project. We want to create a lit to prevent bugs from escapins, as well as define our resources at the place of action.

Live Testing - InsectIn / Published November 17, 2015 by Sarah Cameron

Live Testing - InsectIn

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMEIZdapfEo

Eric agreed to be our beta tester - I was standing on the street and asking people for an opinion on our project. Look how it goes!

Expert Input 1 / Published November 5, 2015 by Sarah Cameron

Expert Input 1

We are sharing the first of our Expert Inputs. Robert Nathan Allen is the founder of Little Herds, the first Entomophagy based educational nonprofit in North America, and Director of Communications at Aspire Food Group, the first and only company in the US to farm food-grade insects and process them into usable ingredients like cricket flour. He agreed to share his thoughts on our project. Take a look at it - doesn't sound so bad!

GIF Masters / Published November 5, 2015 by Sarah Cameron

GIF Masters

We made it! The prototype is here, created with the red-nailed fingers of our team leader Dalia :)

Our Team

Our Mission

Our team met at the VGen World Vision meetings, where we have all been working towards alleviating poverty and children labour around the Globe. When we saw the ...Read More

Our Background

As young changemakers, we believe that if you put just a little bit of effort towards thinking and problem solving, you can make a huge impact. It doesn't ...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.