The potential of insect farming to increase food security

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Title: The potential of insect farming to increase food security
Authors: Dickie, F
Miyamoto, M
Collins, CM
Item Type: Chapter
Abstract: Insect protein production through ‘mini-livestock farming’ has enormous potential to reduce the level of undernutrition in critical areas across the world. Sustainable insect farming could contribute substantially to increased food security, most especially in areas susceptible to environmental stochasticity. Entomophagy has long been acknowledged as an underutilised strategy to address issues of food security. This chapter reviews and provides a synthesis of the literature surrounding the potential of insect farming to alleviate food security while promoting food sovereignty and integrating social acceptability. These are immediate and current problems of food security and nutrition that must be solved to meet the UNDP Sustainable Development Goals.
Editors: Mikkola, H
Issue Date: 31-Oct-2019
ISBN: 978-1-78985-636-1
Publisher: Intech Open
Journal / Book Title: Edible Insects
Copyright Statement: © 2019 The Author(s). Licensee IntechOpen. This chapter is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Online Publication Date: 2019-08-14
Appears in Collections:Centre for Environmental Policy

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