Big presence of IFWA at the AAIS congress

The 23rd meeting and conference of the African Association of Insect Scientists took place in Abidjan on  18-22 November 2019. Not less than 8 presentations of IFWA results were made:

F. SANKARA: Optimisation de techniques de production de larves de mouches domestiques (Musca domestica l.) A l’ouest du Burkina Faso.

S.C. POMALEGNI: Évaluation de l’influence de rations alimentaires á base de farine d’asticots sur le gain
de poids et la ponte des poulets locaux élevés de ferme Sud-Bénin.

H BOAFO: Use of termites by farmers as poultry feed in Ghana

S. NACAMBO: Substrats disponibles pour la production de larves de mouches pour l’aviculture en zone sahélienne

H GANDA: Effect of rearing substrate on morphometric parameters and chemical composition of housefly larvae, Musca domestica (diptera: muscidae)

A.N.C. DAO: Analyse des pratiques de collecte des termites pour a nutrition aviaire au Burkina Faso

H. VIAHO: Description d’un système de production de larves de mouche soldat noire Hermetia illucens dans une ferme avicole au centre (bénin), et prediction de la productivité d’un substrat.

A.A. ALLODEHOUN: Système de piégeage, de collecte et meilleurs substrats attractifs des termites au Bénin

Great success for the R4D Food Systems Caravan

The Food Systems Caravan is a synthesis activity of the r4d programme Food Security projects. It was a 8 weeks (23 Sept – 6 Nov 2019) itinerant and digital and media caravan which brought the main messages of r4d Food Security research projects to diverse institutions and the general public in the West African countries of Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Benin and Nigeria.

The description and programme of the caravan are found here and details of the activities have been reported here.

The caravan had a great success in all visited countries. The project was coordinated by Dr Fernando Sousa (ORM4Soil project) and activities in Burkina Faso and Benin were strongly supported by IFWA researchers Dr Fernand Sankara and Dr Charles Pomalégni. Dr Siegfried Obresi also presented IFWA in Accra. IFWA activities were highlighted in various manners in the three countries, including during field visits. See  descriptions of field visits at IFWA site in Burkina Faso here and here and in Benin here.

Congratulations to the coordination team for having made this food system caravan such a wonderful event.

The first IFWA PhD in Burkina Faso

In August 2019, Abdoul Gafar Sanou (Université Nazi Boni, Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso), brilliantly defended his thesis entitled “Evaluation de facteurs de döveloppmeent de Musca domestica Linneus (Diptera: Muscidae) et mise au point de systèmes de production de masse de l’insecte pour l’alimentation de la volaille”.

Dr Sanou is the first IFWA student to obtain his PhD in Burkina Faso. Congratulations to him and to all his supervisors.

Promotion of three IFWA scientists

Last July we learned, during the 41st session of the CCES of CAMES 2019 held in Bangui in CAR, the brilliant academic promotion of three of our colleagues members of our IFWA team:

Dr. Charlemagne GBEMAVO: Maître Assistant (LAFMA) des Universités

Dr. Sylvain CHOGOU KPENAVOU and Dr. Fernand SANKARA: Maître de Conférences (LAFMC) des Universités.

Congratulations to all three

Video on the IFWA project in Ghana

The project partners CABI and ARI took the opportunity of a stakeholder field visit to ARI on the use of fly larvae as animal feed to produce a video on the work done by the IFWA project. The video was made with support from the SAIRLA programme (Sustainable Agricultural Intensification Research and Learning in Africa).


Three leaflets explaining the production of fly larvae available in Ghana

Animal Research Institute and CABI WAC have produced three leaflets explaining the use of fly larvae for poultry feed. They are available for printing here below but please note that they should better be read printed and fold in three.

Suitable substrates for production of black soldier fly larvae

Guidelines for the production of black soldier fly larvae

Guidelines for the production of housefly larvae meal for the smallholder poultry farmer in Ghana



A prize for an IFWA student

At the Panfrican Poultry Conference in Lomé, Togo, on 13-17 May 2019, Appélété Arnaud Allodehoun PhD student at the  Faculté des Sciences Agronomiques, University of Abomey-Calavi, Bénin, won the 2nd prize of the best poster.


Title of the poster : Effet de la substitution de la farine de poisson par la farine d’asticots de mouche domestique sur les paramètres zoo-économiques des pintades locales élevées au Bénin


Congratulations to Appélété and his supervisors.

Two new IFWA Doctors

March 2019

Two PhD students successfully defended their theses in recent months:

Siegfried Obresie Afedzie, from CSIR-Animal Research Institute, Ghana, defended his thesis entitled Economic assessment of integrating black soldier fly larvae meal into feed for broiler production in Ghana, at the Univesrity of Ghana.



Adin Bloukounon Goubalan from the University of Abomey-Calavi in Benin, presented a thesis entitled Quality of the substrates decomposed by fly larvae and their potential as soil amendment.

Coverage of Adin’s defense on TV (see at 16:30)


Congratulations to Siegfried and Adin and their supervisors

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, or directly contact Prof Christophe Chrysostome at


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.