Insects for Nutrition and Health: Development and Evaluation of Insect-based Complementary Foods for Children in Kenya

January 2019 to January 2024
edible insects
child nutrition
Kenyatta University (Kenya)
University of Nairobi (Kenya)
Africalia (Belgium)
Research fields
Agriculture and Food Sciences

In Kenya, malnutrition puts children at increased risk of morbidity and mortality. While agricultural biodiversity includes under-exploited species that may contribute to food, nutrition security, and health, edible insects are still neglected and undervalued. This study examines the interrelationships among agro-biodiversity, ecology, socio-economics factors influencing consumption of formulated complementary foods from fourteen local edible-insects and nutrient intake in infants and young children (IYC).