TETFAIR STORIES: Introduction
TETFAIR STORIES: In recent years, the global spotlight has turned towards a unique and eco-friendly food source – edible insects. These tiny creatures are emerging as a viable solution to both food security concerns and malnutrition issues, particularly in countries like Nigeria. Amidst these challenges, the TETFAIR initiative has been at the forefront of pioneering change, specifically through the efforts of TEAM 8. Comprising academics from the University of Ibadan, including Dr. Folasade Adeboyejo, Dr. Oladejo Adepoju, and Dr. Olufemi Adebiyi this team is orchestrating a remarkable journey towards sustainable nutrition.
Bug Delight (TEAM 8)
Nigeria, like many other nations, faces the dual challenge of ensuring a reliable food supply and combating malnutrition. Edible insects, including the African Palm Weevil Larvae (APWL) and Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB), have surfaced as not just a solution, but an opportunity. Recognized for their nutritional richness and exotic appeal, these insects hold the promise of revolutionizing culinary practices in Nigeria.
However, realizing this potential demands overcoming multifaceted challenges. TEAM 8 is navigating these hurdles with remarkable determination, driving forward with their innovation – Bug Delight. This ready-to-eat, protein-packed marvel is developed from traditional edible insect spices, processed and perfected to deliver a shelf-stable delight.
TETFAIR STORIES: Market Validation
Market validation and consumer acceptance studies have ignited optimism within TEAM 8’s journey. Insights gleaned from these studies underscore a burgeoning enthusiasm among Nigerians to explore alternative protein sources. Astonishingly, around 75% of respondents exhibited a favorable inclination towards purchasing and consuming edible insects, whether in their natural form, roasted, or as a powdered ingredient. This shift in attitude signifies a growing willingness to embrace novel dietary options, a shift that TEAM 8 is keenly capitalizing on.
The path to success for TEAM 8 wasn’t solely paved by market studies; it was also etched through experimentation and innovation. The team’s commitment to their cause motivated them to construct an insect farming habitat, complete with state-of-the-art temperature and humidity control systems. This habitat forms the nucleus of their insect cultivation, a testament to their dedication and meticulous planning.
Breaking down the production capacity, the figures are equally impressive. With 15 pairs of adult insects producing a staggering 3600 eggs per month, the potential for growth is evident. Scaling up to 100 pairs of adult insects, this capacity skyrockets to an astounding 20,000 larvae per month. Considering an average larval weight of 5g, the controlled environment ensures a consistent monthly output of 100kg of larvae.
TETFAIR STORIES: Conclusion
Yet, the journey has not been without its challenges. Persisting through sporadic electricity supply, ventilation issues, and even loss due to natural factors like rainstorms, TEAM 8’s resilience shines through. Mortality rates for wild-collected larvae served as a reminder of the importance of controlled environments in their project. This uphill battle is a testament to their determination and adaptability.
The road ahead for TEAM 8 is filled with both promise and ambition. Their aspirations to elevate their products have led them to the doorstep of the TETFAIR Advanced Prototype Development Bootcamp. This strategic move reflects their unwavering dedication to refining their products and making them more accessible to a wider audience.