A new Master programme based on IFWA in Benin

February 2019

We are very pleased to announce that, based on IFWA results, the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences at the University of Abomey-Calavi in Benin has launched a new Master programme on integrated systems in agricultural productions. See the programme here: Master FSA

For more information, write to  fsa.uac@fsa.uac.bj, or directly contact Prof Christophe Chrysostome at  larazefsauac@gmail.com.


2018: a very successful year for scientific outputs at IFWA

January 2019

in 2018, IFWA partners published seven new publications in international journals and four are already available online for publication in 2019. See the updated publication list here.  In addition, seven Master theses have been completed in 2018 and six are on-going.  In total, at least 27 MSc thesis will be produced by IFWA in the course of the project. The list of MSc and PhD theses is available here.


IFWA Is present at the International conference “Insects to Feed the World” in China

May 2018

Marc Kenis and Saidou Nacambo represented IFWA at the “Insects to Feed the World” Conference in Wuhan, China, on May 15-18, 2018. Marc gave a talk on “Use of house flies as poultry feed by smallholder farmers in West Africa: prospects and constraints”. Saidou presented a poster entitled “Improving termite collection for poultry feed in smallholder farms in Northern Burkina Faso”. All abstracts of the conference can be found in a special issue of the Journal of Insects as Food and Feed.

Marc and Saidou in Wuhan, with Gabriela Maciel-Vergara and Emilie Devic, two former students in the Proteinsect project who helped developing the fly production systems presently being used in IFWA.

Project meeting in Accra

March 2018

The first IFWA meeting of the second phase of the project took place in Accra Ghana, where we were invited by our partners of the Animal Research Institute, CABI and Fish for Africa.This was the first meeting after we learnt that the project would be re-conducted for three more years.

All research sites were visited, as well poultry producers that have adopted the production of fly larvae for feeding their poultry, following recommendations of IFWA.

Congratulations to our first IFWA Doctor

November 2017

On 27 November 2017, in Cotonou, Benin, Sèchémé Charles Betrand Pomalégni successfully and brilliantly defended his PhD thesis entitled “Perceptions, performances zootechniques et qualité nutritionnelle de la viande de poulets locaux (Gallus gallus) nourris avec des rations alimentaires à base de larves de mouche (Musca domestica, Linnaeus 1758) au Bénin”

Congratulations to Charles and his professors

Coverage of the PhD Defence on TV