From waste to protein via Black Soldier Fly

From waste to protein via Black Soldier Fly: Developing sustainable sericulture farms for livestock feed production.

Kerem Maharal, IsraelBagamoyo, Tanzania
Year Founded:
2014
Organization type: 
hybrid
Project Stage:
Start-Up
Budget: 
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

BSF is a harmless, non-disturbing fly. By growing BSF using organic waste, we establish:
1) A reliable protein resource for local chicken feed.
2) Healthier chicken with more eggs.
3) Better sanitation.
4) New income source on small or large scale.
5) Improvement in well-being.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if organic waste could be used for local feed production as a way to improve the soil, local economy, nutrition diet and well being?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The population in underdeveloped areas suffers from malnutrition manifested as protein lack in healthy nutritious food products. Children may even suffer from delayed development. Rich and balanced food comes from livestock like chicken eggs. Food and feed supply to remote areas is expensive, inefficient and its donation is inadequate because it depends on external philanthropies and does not encourage the local population to help themselves.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

We want to provide tools for people to help themselves get out of the poverty cycle. Our solution is to teach how to raise BSF larvae locally and use it as home-grown feed for chickens. At first we aim to teach how and why to raise the larvae: about the rearing substrate- waste, growing conditions and economic ways to keep them, explain the need to avoid chemical pesticide and show other alternatives. We will teach how to collect and preserve larvae. We'll guide to separate the organic wast and use it as an important recourse, how to build a suitable habitat and help solve problems of this phase. For maintenance of the growth we'll teach how to create egg layer traps and ways to use the eggs and the young larvae.

Awards

1) 2014.08: Award for enterprise establishment. Tel Hai entrepreneurship commission, David Freedman Found, 14,500 US$. 2) 2015.02: Award for enterprise expansion and enable cooperation with Palestinian authorities. USAID, Near East Foundation, 10,000 US$.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

remote poverty village, few lean chickens per family fed by kitchen scraps sometimes extra grain purchased, not many eggs while organic waste is thrown. A family convinced to grow BSF they start to collect the organic waste and some of the feces of livestock and feed the larvae with it. The larvae grow and are used to feed chickens. Slowly chickens strengthened get fatter and lay more eggs. Because the chicken feed is free the farmer decides to double the number of hens for getting more eggs. Now, there is a demand for more chicken feed. They increase the organic wast collecting and larvae rearing. Now the farm has enough self-supply, including small surplus of maggots for sell too in a lower price than poultry normal mixture.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

We have establish a pilot site, at a local farm, The Baobab Home, that uses as a home for orphaned children in Bagamoyo Tanzania. this site can supply 1.5 kg BSF larva a day, enough to feed their entire chicken coop every day, and it will supply a nutritional diet, based on protein in a high quality and quantity. With this diet the chickens will lay more nutritional eggs, will get stronger and and healthier, hens they will be less exposes to diseases. With time this site could produces higher amount of BSF larva for sell as chickens food supply that is healthier but not less important is cheaper! because the raw product to grow the BSF is their organic wast and there for it cost them nothing to grow it. In Israel we started a similar pilot site at a boarding school, on the same idea, In short time the BSF project will improve their both local diets and economy.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

Additionally to the small farms sits, our first aim is to build BSF growing and breeding sits for 100 kg organic waste a day so we could produce 1 ton BSF larva a month that will be sold for big animals feeding companies as a cheaper and local protein source. Moreover, we plan to sell the BSF eggs to small scale farms so they can grow the BSF as a solution to deal with their organic waste as a fertilizer resource and to reduce their expenses for the authorities to treat it. In Africa we want to continue to spread the knowledge.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

1. We will produce BSF larva on a large scale to supply large animal feed companies, as a chip protein product. 2. We will also sell the fly's eggs to smaller farmers as a cheaper way to treat their organic waste. 3. The by-product of commercially breeding the the BSF will be sold as a fertilizer. 3.We will offer the authorities a more efficient and sustainable way to treat their organic waste, whilst maintaining productivity at a lower cost.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Worldwide, particularly in Europe and the US there are only a few companies producing BSF as a source of protein for animal feed. In Israel, there are no businesses currently established that produce BSF at commercial level. With large poultry and fish industries present in Israel there is a fantastic opportunity to create a more sustainable protein source for animal feed. The plan isn’t only to provide feed companies with a more ecofriendly alternative but to also to create a sustainable business assisting smaller farmers in countries with high rates of poverty with education and resources.
Team

Founding Story

After attending an international conference in 2013, we were inspired to commercially raise BSF in Israel. Since then we have won a number of competitions and successfully obtained grants to develop the concept. Currently one of the co-founders is undertaking further research on BSF, utilizing a grant from the Minister of agriculture in Israel. As I’m writing this I am currently on an organic poultry farm in Bagamoyo, Tanzania. The purpose of this was to build a habitat for the BSF, whilst educating local farmers as part of a pilot project. As a result of the BSF habitat the farm now produces more eggs which can be sold at the market and increase their diet.

Team

Keren Kesner Master degree in environmental studies at Porter school, Tel Aviv University. Israel. co-founder manager of the field work and the comunication with the local outhoritis bringing new and young sustainable spirit, knowledg and expirience. Adi jonas: Ph.D Department of Food Engineering & Biotechnology, Technion -Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel. Post-Doctoral Training at the Biology Department, Haifa University. Israel. Post-Doctoral Training, at the Agriculture Research Center Neve Yaar, Vulcani Institute and at the Biology Department, Technion, Israel. co-founder, manager of the reaserch fild and funds applications
Background
Please confirm how you heard about the Unilever Awards:

University

Please confirm your role in the initiative (eg Founder/co-Founder) and your organisational title:

co-Founder

Which of the 8 UN Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals) pre-selected for this competition does your solution relate most closely to? [select all that apply]

No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Clean Water and Sanitation, Decent Work and Economic Growth.

Leadership and the Unilever Awards
Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.

Our first site was begun in 2013 at a residential site that fed neighbor chickens for barter trade. After the success of the first project, we started a project at a boarding school. Using the waste from the school's kitchen, we created a BSF feeder that fed all the chickens at the school. The eggs and chickens were used for the school.

Recently we have brought our technique to Tanzania. We have started a site at Bagamoyo Tanzania, at a local orphanage and HIV outreach center. At the Tanzanian site there is a chicken coop with 30 chickens. We have built a BSF composter/feeder where kitchen staff throw organic waste. This feeds the the larvae which grow into excellent chicken feed. The compost made by the larvae is used at their organic farm. The ultimate goal is for this to become a business to help sustain the orphanage and outreach center.

Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?

1) Our enterprise was built in an ecological boarding school in Israel, "Yemin Ort". We use their communal kitchen waste as feed for the BSF and do reasearch projects with the students.
2) The cofounder of our group is the PI of a research group in Israel which investigates the relationship between BSF rearing condition to its quality as feed and compost producer.
3) Bio-Bee, a commercial company which rears insects for agriculture, helps us and advises on some aspects of BSF production such as
4) We have a business partner in Jericho, Palestinian authority, wich is responsible for municipal waste. Due to the problematic security situation our business is on hold.