Two new papers by IFWA partners published in “Insects as Food and Feed” journal

August 2017

Pomalegni et al. (2017) present the results of a survey in Benin on the utilisation of fly larvae by poultry farmers. It shows that nearly 6% of the farmers feed their poultry with fly larvae at least occasionally. Fly larvae are produced by exposing various wastes as substrates to attract naturally occurring flies. A total of 28 substrates used to produce larvae were cited by farmers. The most cited substrates were soy and maize bran and pig and chicken manure. Factors influencing the use of fly larvae as poultry feed are analysed. In a previous paper, Pomalegni et al (2016) had shown that, in Benin, 86% of the farmers that do not yet use fly larvae are ready to do it.

Koné et al. (2017) analysed data from a previous project in Mali on a house fly production system based on substrate exposure for natural oviposition. It showed that 1 kg of dry chicken manure provides on average 124 g of fresh larvae but important seasonal variations occur, and yields over 400 g per kg of manure were obtained in the rainy season. The addition of blood or fish offal increases yields and can also poor substrates such as sheep manure. Recommendations for the setting up and optimisation of a house fly larvae production system in West Africa are suggested. An illustrated description of the system is also provided as supplementary material.

Other publications and technical guidelines are found in our Project outputs.

Project meeting in Bobo-Dioulasso

May 2017

A project meeting took place in May 2017 in Bobo-Dioulasso and Banfora, Burkina Faso. During the meeting, IFWA partners also visited the pilot villages and farmers that are testing the techniques of fly larvae production and termite trapping.

As for the previous meeting, this attracted a lot of media attention, including TV coverage

Successful project meeting attracts TV coverage

The IFWA project’s first evaluation was organised as part of its annual meeting in Benin which took place from 12-14 October 2016.

The programme included visits to the UAC and INRAB facilities, on-station trial sites and visits to the first villages that adopted the house fly larvae production systems.

The three assessors were positive about the project’s progress and provided very useful recommendations for improvement.

During and after the meeting, IFWA attracted a lot of media coverage. In particular, the IFWA project and partners appeared in several TV programmes. For example:

BB24. Matin Environnement 19 Oct 2016

Canal 3 Bénin. Evening News, live, 14 Oct 2016

Canal 3 Bénin. Another set of interviews 16 Oct 2016

TV coverage from Vox Africa, 18 Oct 2016