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Conference Insects to feed the world

The first international conference "Insects to feed the world" was very successful. Therefore, we would like to thank everyone who contributed in any way for this energetic and dynamic conference.

Organised by FAO and Wageningen UR

Wed 14 May 2014 until Sat 17 May 2014

Venue Hotel Reehorst, Ede

We received many enthusiastic reactions. The following extract from a newsletter is illustrative:

The conference “Insects to feed the world” organized by the FAO/WUR, that took place last May in The Netherlands was a milestone in the recognition of the professional insect industry. Feed industry leaders, insect breeders, universities, NGO’s and other stakeholders gathered for the first time, with a clear message: Insects for feed and food are viable solutions for the protein deficit problem.

For the final abstract book, conclusions and recommendations of the conference and the list of participants please click the button "summary report".

Concerning future issues of this conference we are still in negotiation with partners willing to organize the next conference in 2 or 3 years. We will keep you updated. Please visit the website for further information if applicable.

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Conference objective

Potential of insects as human food and animal feed in assuring food security. The overall objective of the conference is to promote the use of insects as human food and as animal feed in assuring food security.

FAO estimates that the world needs to increase its food production by 70 percent by 2050 in order to serve a global population of nine billion. Animal feed production is increasingly competing for resources (land, water and fertilizer) with human food and fuel production, urbanization and nature. Seventy percent of the world’s agricultural land is already directly or indirectly dedicated to meat production. With a growing world population and increasingly demanding consumers, can we still produce sufficient animal protein in the future? Urgently we need to identify alternative protein sources, and insects have great potential in contributing to global food security. 

Download the FAO/WUR book 'Edible insects' for free (3.5mb)


Registration starts in the Central Hall of Conference Centre De Reehorst.

  • Tuesday 13 May from 17:00 to 21:00
  • Wednesday 14 May from 08:00 h onward

We are still able to give the opportunity to register for the conference. For any other interested people in your network, please let them know and send them the link to the website for registration.

Transport airport – railway station – conference venue (De Reehorst)

From Schiphol airport, near Amsterdam, you can take the train to Ede-Wageningen station from platform 1 or 2 (buy a ticket in the airport hall before entering the platform).

At Ede-Wageningen train station, leave the station via the south side (= Bennekom side ) of the station. It is ca. 5 min walking in southern direction to Conference centre De Reehorst. For more information concerning train connections please visit NS.

Shuttle buses

During the conference there will be a bus connection to and from the conference hotels and de Reehorst every conference day. The shuttle bus schedule is available onsite.


For participants arriving by car. You can park your car at de Reehorst car park (€ 7,- per day) or across the road from de Reehorst near the railway way track (follow P&R) located at “Polar Bearsplein” or “Dr Hartogsweg” (please insert one of the addresses in your navigation) where you can park your car for free.


Specifically we would like to:

  • Get an overview of the current status of insects as food and feed.
  • Identify constraints in the development of insect food/feed sector (e.g. legislation).
  • Promote interactions among stakeholders in the insect value chain.
  • Formulate recommendations to increase the impact of using insects as a food and feed source.
  • Contribute to standardizing methodologies for analysing nutritional composition of insects.
  • Promote gathering (inter)national data on the production and trade of edible insects.
  • Establish (inter)disciplinary networks among relevant partners. 
  • Create global awareness of this neglected food & feed source.

Background information

More than 1900 species of insects are eaten worldwide, mainly in tropical countries. There are a number of advantages of using insects as protein source above livestock products, among which: 1) insect being  cold-blooded, converting feed much more efficiently into edible product; 2) emitting less greenhouse gases and ammonia than conventional livestock; 3) requiring less space to produce protein. Nutritionally, edible insects constitute high quality food for humans, and feed for livestock, poultry and fish.

Increasing expensive feed ingredients such as fishmeal, soymeal and grains can easily be substituted by insect meal. Larvae and pupae of Black Soldier Flies, House flies and Yellow mealworms are good candidates while at the same time these insects can transform organic waste into high quality protein products. Bio-regeneration of waste would solve an environmental problem considering that globally one third of our food is not used. In tropical countries most insects are collected from nature, but can we continue to harvest them sustainably? Or to satisfy demands worldwide, do we need to farm insects as mini-livestock? The feed industry may want to change their current protein ingredients with insect meal, but then they need to be produced in large-scale automated mass-rearing facilities that produce a stable, reliable, and safe product.

Because insects until recently were not considered as feed or food in the western world, legislation needs to be developed and food safety issues addressed. Consumer acceptability is not just about perceived environment benefits and price, but gastronomically interesting products need to be developed.

Insects have the potential of becoming an important new food and feed item both in tropical and western countries, but this requires close collaboration between public and private partners and R&D organizations. We may be at the brink of the emergence of a new food/feed chain and a new sector of insects as food and feed.

To fully realize this potential, much work still needs to be done by a wide range of stakeholders involved in the insect value chain, both from the public and private sector. First we need an overview of the current status of insects as food and feed. Second we need to discuss the way forward with representatives from the academic world, governmental bodies, private companies (insect rearing, feedstock, and catering), and international organizations. In this way we hope to be able to contribute to the use of insects as food and feed worldwide.

Local Organising Committee

International advisory board

  • Eraldo M. Costa Neto, Professor of Ethnobiology at the Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana (UEFS), Bahia State, Brazil
  • David J W Drew (South Africa), Managing Director AgriProtein, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Florence V. Dunkel, Associate Professor Entomology, Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology, Montana State University (MSU)-Bozeman, United States of America
  • Sunday Ekesi, Principal Scientist, icipe - African Insect Science for Food & Health, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Paul Jones, Leader Mars Advanced Innovation Team, Mars Inc., Verden, Germany
  • Ying Feng, Research scientist Research Institute of Resource Insects (RIRI), Chinese Academy of Forestry (CAF), Kunming city, Yunnan province, China
  • Maurizio G. Paoletti, Professor Dipartimento di Biologia Università di Padova, lab. Agroecology and Ethnobiology, Padova, Italy
  • Kenichi Nonaka, Professor Department of Geography, Rikkyo University, Tokyo, Japan
  • Santos Rojo, Researcher Entomology, Director Research Group ”Bionomy, Systematics and Applied Research on Insects” University of Alicante, Spain
  • Nanna Roos, Associate Professor, Section on Paediatric and International Nutrition, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Alan L. Yen, Associate Professor, Research Leader Invertebrate Sciences, Department of Environment & Primary Industries, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia


The conference Insects to feed the world is organised in association with the Food and Agriculture Organisation. In preparation of the conference an Expert Consultation Meeting “Assessing the Potential of Insects as Food and Feed in assuring Food Security” was organised from 23-25 January 2012 at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy. The summary report contents of the meeting can be downloaded here.

Registration Costs and provision

Full fee Student fee
Before 15 February 2014 €450 €250
Starting 15 February 2014 €600 €350

 The registration fees include:

  • access to the conference; full programme including plenary meetings and workshops for 3 days
  • lunches and refreshments during the conference
  • use of wireless internet connection during the conference
  • the conference dinner
  • excursion on Saturday 17 May

Terms and Conditions for Events

Payment terms

1. The participant in the Insects to feed the world on 14-17 May 2014 conference at the Reehorst (Ede, The Netherlands), will pay the organiser a participant’s fee as specified on the website The total participation costs must be made as single payment:

a) 100% of the participation costs must be paid at the time of registration.

b) If the participation contract is dated less than 14 days prior to the start of the event, the participation costs must be paid immediately to the organiser.

c) The participant will ensure that the payment of the participant’s fee to the organiser is made on time (see 1a).

2. The participant is liable for all costs incurred by the organiser in connection with its participation, irrespective of whether these costs were incurred on behalf of the participant itself or a third party acting in its name.

3. If a participant fails to pay the amount owed within the specified period, the organiser is entitled to refuse it access to the event, without prejudice to the entitlement of the organiser to seek full payment of the said amount.

4. It is not possible to make the payment by separate bank account or to receive a separate invoice. Payment can only be done during registration in the registration system and an invoice can be automatically generated when Ideal or Creditcard is used.

Cancellation terms

A. Cancellation terms participants

1. Registration cannot be unilaterally withdrawn or altered by the participant. Notice of cancellation must be in writing addressed to or Wageningen UR, Communication Services/ Events, Postbus 409, 6700 AK Wageningen, The Netherlands. If cancellation notice, for good reasons (force majeure), is sent:

  • before 01.04.2014 the participant will be refunded the full participation costs, less expenses
  • from 01.04.2014 to 01.05.2014, the participant will be refunded 50% of the full participation costs
  • from 01.05.2014 on, the participant is liable to pay 100% of the full participation costs.

2. The participant is liable to pay an administration fee which will be deducted from the amount to be refunded.

3. A participant has the right in the case of cancellation to send a replacement, subject to sending a prior written request to the organisers. This replacement must belong to the company or organisation of the participant.

4.The organiser is entitled to withdraw proof of participation at any time and to deny the relevant person access to the event.

5. In the case of any right to restitution, payment will be made to the participant after the event.

B. Cancellation terms organisation

1. Should, in any case, for good reasons (force majeure) the conference -in total- be cancelled, the following will apply

  • Wageningen UR and/or FAO are not liable for any additional costs (i.e. travel-, hotel costs or any other) made by the participant for this conference.

Insurance terms

1. The organiser, directors, agents and personnel of the event or complex are not liable for loss of any kind resulting from damage to or the loss of property, nor for loss due to any other defects to the accommodation or surrounding land, nor for loss resulting from any disaster, or loss to property or persons howsoever else incurred.

2. The participant is itself liable for all loss of any kind caused in any way by its own act or omission or that of others, to property or persons who work for the organisers, and must indemnify the organisers and personnel against any third-party claim that could be brought against the organisers and the personnel. The participant must ensure prior to participation in the event that it is adequately insured.

Venue / Hotel list “Insects to feed the world”

Reservations can be done with reference "INSECTS 2014"
Hotel Address City Telephone Website E-mail
Hotel De Reehorst Bennekomseweg 24 Ede 0031 (0)318 750 300
Hotel de Paasberg Arnhemseweg 20 Ede 0031 (0)318 651 020
Hotel de Bosrand Bosrand 28 Ede 0031 (0)318 650 150
Hotel PTC+ Zandlaan 25-27 Ede 0031 (0)318 712 066
Hotel de Buunderkamp Buunderkamp 8 Wolfheze 0031 (0)26 482 1166

For reservations please note the following

  • The online hotel reservation tools do not have the option to book with the reference “INSECTS2014”.
  • To make a hotel reservation for one of these hotels, please contact the hotels directly by e-mail or by telephone.

Recipes with insects

Examples of recipes from the cookbook The Insect Cookbook – Food for a Sustainable Planet  - by Arnold van Huis, Henk van Gurp en Marcel Dicke (published by Columbia University Press, New York, USA). Pictures: Floris Scheplitz.

The Insect Cookbook is available from Columbia University Press.

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