Pioneering Sustainable Alternative Protein

The Bug Picture harnesses the power of insects to convert organic waste to protein and bio fertilizer.

The production of traditional protein for animal feed is destroying the Earth’s forests (soy) and fish populations in the ocean (fish-meal).

Pioneering Sustainable Alternative Protein

The production of traditional protein for animal feed is destroying the Earth’s forests (soy) and fish populations (fish-meal).

The Bug Picture harnesses the power of insects to convert organic waste to a sustainable alternative protein and bio fertilizer that is locally produced and competitively priced in the market.

About Us

We are a regenerative agriculture company, that is revolutionizing the way people view insect based protein to create a locally produced, competitively priced protein source that is environmentally sustainable to farm. We are Africans, passionate about Africa and bringing an African approach to a global problem.

By 2050 the population of East Africa will double. In this same period, the demand for meat will more than double in line with increased socioeconomic factors. We want to be part of the solution of food and feed for the future, using fewer natural resources without destroying our planet in the process.

With a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, we have all come together around the idea that regenerative agriculture can help to solve a number of the challenges being faced around the continent. We believe that nutrition, education and jobs, in harmony with the environment, are three key pillars to uplifting our people to new levels of self sufficiency and prosperity.

About Us

We are a regenerative agriculture company, that is revolutionizing the way people view insect based protein to create a locally produced, competitively priced protein source that is environmentally sustainable to farm. We are Africans, passionate about Africa and bringing an African approach to a global problem.

By 2050 the population of East Africa will double. In this same period, the demand for meat will more than double in line with increased socioeconomic factors. We want to be part of the solution of food and feed for the future, using fewer natural resources without destroying our planet in the process.

With a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, we have all come together around the idea that regenerative agriculture can help to solve a number of the challenges being faced around the continent. We believe that nutrition, education and jobs, in harmony with the environment, are three key pillars to uplifting our people to new levels of self sufficiency and prosperity.

Our Solution

Insects are our solution, and a solution that needs to be shared. The demand for high quality, affordable agricultural inputs far outstrips the supply, and we do not believe that chemicals or crop intensification will solve that underlying challenge. We imagine networks of insect production facilities, from large scale high volume producers, supplying the animal feed industries and large footprint farms, to small scale households, feeding themselves from their garden, and selling their surplus to local farmers.

Our enterprise aims to improve livelihoods by changing attitudes towards waste and improving the quality of inputs for farmers across the region. We believe that through the power of insects, we can increase sustainability in agricultural supply chains, create local jobs and improve the nutritional self-sufficiency of our people in the region.

Projects

The Bug Picture focuses on projects which address environmental challenges in East Africa through the sustainable use of insects. Current projects being rolled include:

Projects

The Bug Picture focuses on projects which address environmental challenges in East Africa through the sustainable use of insects. Current projects being rolled include:

Black Soldier Fly Larvae (BSFL)

Mother Colonies

The Bug Picture has two mother colonies which form the basis to grow other BSF projects in Kenya and Rwanda, including the selling 5 day old larvae to smallholder livestock farmers. These are Piloki Farm (Nyahururu, Kenya) and Farm 42 (Kigali, Rwanda).

RWACOF and COPED Partnership

A commercial scale BSFL rearing pilot facility, based in Rwanda, which will scale to processing 1.5 MT per day of organic waste in 2021. Organic waste sources include coffee pulp and municipal city waste. This is the first operation of its kind in Rwanda and the protein output (larvae) will be the building blocks of the supply chain. The biofertiliser will go to 20,000 smallholder coffee farmers in Rwanda, who work with RWACOF, to increase soil quality and thereby improve the quality and quantity of annual coffee bean harvests.

Desert Locusts as a Crop

Since December 2019, East Africa has been experiencing an unprecedented desert locust upsurge. With support from Danida emergency funding, The Bug Picture has been testing community-based harvesting and processing of locusts for use as the protein input in animal feed and biofertilizer.

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Let's create sustainable ways to up-cycle organic waste
to contribute to food security

40% of the planet and it’s natural resources are used for agriculture but, 30% of food is wasted or lost, therefore, 12% of the Earth’s resources are wasted in the process of trying to feed the population of the world.

Products

All of our facilities offer all of the below products and services.
Please get in touch with us for the nutrient composition of these products.

Eggs and 5 day old larvae
Training in black soldier fly larvae farming
Mature larvae, wet and dry
Farmer starter kits
Organic fertilizer
Substrate testing – If you have substantial organic waste from processing, partner with us to test its viability for inclusion in BSF larvae diets.

Contact Us

Come innovate with us - partnership, employment and internship opportunities available.

Email: info@thebugpicture.com
Email: laura@thebugpicture.com
Cell: +254 799 402 963