Increasing milk yield through locust-based protein

Local locusts, milk focused

Alleviating two problems in Africa with one solution: using destructive locusts to feed malnourished cows and increase milk yields.

Use Case

At a meeting with farmers from locust-affected farms and under-producing dairy farms a solution is presented: some farmers will get compensated for the locusts they gather, while others will receive protein-rich powder for their livestock. Logistics are discussed with those who agree to participate in the program. Locusts will be dropped off at village centers, taken to the processing and packaging facilities – owned by the Locust Pocus local partners – and turned into protein powder. This powder will be delivered to the dairy farms and used to feed the cows. Weekly milk production will be tracked and discussed periodically, promoting a feedback loop for constant optimization of the program. Local partners will constantly monitor the results and will be available to support the farmers.

Potential

The innovative potential of our concept is that we will funnel one the developing world’s major problems: its locust problem, into solving another one: cow malnutrition and low milk yields. Addressing these two problems will contribute to household livelihoods, food security, and nutrition. Our concept will increase incomes for small-scale dairy producers in Africa and elsewhere. Moreover, locust gatherers will be financially rewarded for their labor, which will have a further positive economic impact on their communities. Finally, given the fact that the locust and low-milk-yield problems affect at least 30 countries in Africa, as well as some countries in Asia, this concept has the potential to be franchised and is scalable.

Business Case

With locusts being in abundance in Africa and locust swarms repeatedly damaging crops, Locust Pocus will launch its insect-buying campaigns in the most affected countries first. Long nets, provided to local population in exchange for future purchasing discounts, will be used for locust gathering. Insects will be collected at village centers on an ongoing basis. These procuring activities will increase the product awareness. Locust processing and packaging facilities will be placed strategically throughout the region. Locust-based high-protein supplement for dairy cows will be marketed to the government organizations, agricultural associations, NGOs, and directly to farmers. Locust Pocus will gradually expand into new countries and will remain a vertically integrated organization.

Objectives:

  1. Increase milk yield from cows of small and medium farmers in Africa by changing their nutrition to a locust-based mix, rich in proteins.
  2. Reduce the number of locusts to help decrease the damage in crops and provide value for ranchers who need more protein for their cattle.
  3. Empower local communities to be more self-sufficient and sustainable by using local sources of protein to feed local animals.

Team Locust Pocus

Jouy-en-Josas, France

Our Team

Fighting locust plagues while increasing milk yields! / Published January 10, 2016 by Patricia Tohalino

Fighting locust plagues while increasing milk yields!

Did you know that locust plagues are one of the major problems faced by farmers in Africa? Locust swarms can travel hundreds of kilometers per day, consuming most of the vegetation in their path and causing devastating damages to local farmers’ crops.

Did you also know that Africa’s milk consumption comes to only ONE THIRD of the world average due to the local cows’ being significantly malnourished?

What if we could gather the locusts and use them to create a protein-rich powder for cows, reducing crop damage while increasing milk yields and helping millions of Africans to have a better nutrition?

“Locust Pocus” aims to tackle Africa’s two problems, damaged crops and malnourished cows, in order to help feed more people in the coming years!

Keep checking our webpage for more updates! :-)

Which idea do we choose? / Published December 29, 2015 by Veronica Tisera

Which idea do we choose?

Hello all!

We have, by now, been working for a few weeks on our project and our pitch, defining how we can help feed 9 billion people by 2020!

We started using the design lab methods, and have definitely proved how helpful they can be in a team thinking and analysis process! See above part of it.

More to come soon from Locust Pocus!

Our Mission

We are Team Locust Pocus. We are in the business of turning the nasty locusts into a delicious, protein-rich food supplement for cows.

Our Background

We are Dustin Yee (community development in Africa), Patricia Tohalino (process improvement in Latin America), Sebastian Reetz (serial entrepreneur), Sergey Bubnou (finance & business development in North America and Asia), and Veronica Tisera (market research in Latin America). We're participating in the Thought For Food Challenge because there is a huge number of food-related problems out there, and we believe we can solve at least some of them.

Fighting locust plagues while increasing milk yields! / Published January 10, 2016 by Patricia Tohalino

Fighting locust plagues while increasing milk yields!

Did you know that locust plagues are one of the major problems faced by farmers in Africa? Locust swarms can travel hundreds of kilometers per day, consuming most of the vegetation in their path and causing devastating damages to local farmers’ crops.

Did you also know that Africa’s milk consumption comes to only ONE THIRD of the world average due to the local cows’ being significantly malnourished?

What if we could gather the locusts and use them to create a protein-rich powder for cows, reducing crop damage while increasing milk yields and helping millions of Africans to have a better nutrition?

“Locust Pocus” aims to tackle Africa’s two problems, damaged crops and malnourished cows, in order to help feed more people in the coming years!

Keep checking our webpage for more updates! :-)

Which idea do we choose? / Published December 29, 2015 by Veronica Tisera

Which idea do we choose?

Hello all!

We have, by now, been working for a few weeks on our project and our pitch, defining how we can help feed 9 billion people by 2020!

We started using the design lab methods, and have definitely proved how helpful they can be in a team thinking and analysis process! See above part of it.

More to come soon from Locust Pocus!

Our Team

Our Mission

We are Team Locust Pocus. We are in the business of turning the nasty locusts into a delicious, protein-rich food supplement for cows.Read More

Our Background

We are Dustin Yee (community development in Africa), Patricia Tohalino (process improvement in Latin America), Sebastian Reetz (serial entrepreneur), Sergey Bubnou (finance & business development in North America ...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.