USAID and USDA call for research into global insect production – Food Tank

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently issued a Joint Request for Information (RFI) to learn more about the emerging global insect production industry. .

The application, intended for research and planning purposes, aims to understand the role of insect production and farming in global food security, climate response, environmental management and livelihoods . It also focuses on the production of insects for animal feed.

A primary purpose of the application is to explore how USAID and USDA can better direct or support insect production activities in the future. The request is also intended to help the U.S. government understand the potential challenges, benefits, environmental impacts, and inclusive development considerations of insect production.

The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) has fostered discussions on reducing emissions and adapting to climate change. Now, USAID and USDA hope to capitalize on market trends that suggest insect production could reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from waste.

According to USAID and USDA, insect production has the “potential to provide sustainable solutions to many challenging development issues such as food insecurity, overexploitation of marine fish and wild animals (bushmeat ) for consumption, waste disposal, mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions, and adaptation to climate change.

USAID and USDA are inviting the private sector and other non-traditional USAID partners to respond to demand, including insect companies, animal feed companies, academics working on insect production. edible insects and public and private sector entities working in climate and food. the fields. They are also seeking input from local organizations and businesses operating or seeking to operate in the focus countries of Feed the Future, the US government’s initiative against global hunger and food security.

All responses to the RFI should be emailed to [email protected] no later than December 22, 2021 5:00 PM EST.

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