By The Editors
The publication is a book entitled “Edible insects – future prospects for food and feed security” and draws on a broad range of scientific research. It’s the result of a collaboration with the Laboratory of Entomology at Wageningen University in the Netherlands and part of a broad-based effort at FAO to examine the gathering and rearing of insects as a viable option for alleviating food insecurity.
Although the majority of edible insects are gathered from forest habitats, there is increased interest in insect farming — novel mass-rearing systems are being explored in many countries. Therefore, insects make important contributions to ecosystems, diets, food security and livelihoods in both developed and developing countries.
The Assistant Director-General of the FAO Forestry Department and the Managing Director of the Department of Plant Sciences Group at Wageningen University and Research Centre say in the book foreword “We hope that it will help raise the profile of insects as sources of food and feed in national and international food agencies. We also hope that it attracts the attention of farmers, the media, the public at large and decision-makers in governments, multilateral and bilateral donor agencies, investment firms, research centres, aid agencies and the food and feed industries.”
Watch the short video below to understand better the value of insects in the diet and the effort made to increase awareness about them.