Edible insects can supplement the conventional production of meat, and are a valuable source of protein either for direct human consumption or for indirect use as feedstock. To fully realize the potential that insects offer for food and feed security further research, development and policy work still needs to be carried out by a wide range of stakeholders from both public and private sectors. These issues will be discusses at the international conference “insects to feed the world”, May 14-17, 2014 in Wageningen, the Netherlands.
International cooperation FAO & Wageningen UR
This conference is jointly organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Wageningen University and Research Centre (Wageningen UR). This conference is in follow-up to the recommendations provided by the Expert Consultation Meeting on Edible Insects that took place in January 2012 at FAO Headquarters Rome.
In preparation for this Conference, FAO and the Wageningen UR have made an exhaustive compilation and critical review of available literature and data covering the many issues involved for using insects for food and/or feed into a comprehensive report: “Edible Insects: prospects of insects as food and feed”.
We hope to bring together representatives from farmer’s associations, decision-makers from national and regional government, multilateral and bilateral donor agencies, investment firms, universities, research centres, aid agencies and the food and feed industry.
For many people around the world eating insects is an integral part of daily life. Up till now it has not received the attention it deserves relative to the positive economic, social and environmental contributions of insects as feed and food. The conference could be a turning point and provide a framework and a roadmap to develop a new food and feed sector that can contribute to a more sustainable global food security.