Exploring Entomophagy

’entomon’ = segmented (insects) ‘phagy’ = to eat

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Who We Are and What We Do

Bugs for Life promotes insects for food and feed in Benin.


We are a registered charity that believes in insects as a nutritional and sustainable form of food. We  support the development of models for increased  insect consumption - including through insect farming.


We work with a network of communities, researchers and professionals to roll out new solutions whilst also supporting local traditional approaches.

 

Our Key Aims

Research

Understanding the traditional uses of insects and recognising the value of different species is central to our work. By working with local communities, Bugs for Life aims to both preserve traditional knowledge that is being lost and enhance understanding about the value of insects. Collaborations with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture and local NGOs also allow us to answer fundamental questions about the nutritional value of specific insects that are eaten regionally.​

You can download our publications here.

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Educate

Promoting the value of insects in Benin is central to the aims of Bugs for Life. Working in local schools and community groups, our team deliver interactive workshops on a range of topics, including understanding the nutritional value of insects and exploring the potential for insect farms. By working directly with children and adults that collect insects, we also aim to exchange knowledge directly with the communities.

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Promote

In between our project work in Benin, our team can be found flying the flag for entomophagy across the UK. Interacting with the public is a central aim of Bugs for Life. Be it speaking at major science festivals, running stalls at cultural gatherings or creating independent events to teach the public about the world of edible insects, we hope to raise awareness about the role that entomophagy can play in the future of food.

You can watch our videos here.

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