Thursday, August 2, 2012

Portable locust farm to provide emergency food

Locust Farm:



Locust farm is a concept based on the educational and nutritional facts from Dadaab- the largest refugee camp in the world- in Kenya. It's a food kit composed of two different compartments; one side of the box is where the adults (male and female) are placed and the other side of the box is the babies (newly born). Within this box, there are different tools that would help each family to grow their own insects and have as much as food available without malnutrition. Attached to the box there is a small watertank for the Locust to drink, a small quantity of soil - for the females to lay their eggs in- and a pipette to keep the soil moisture. In the middle, there is an instructional book - more like cooking instructions- where it shows and demonstrates by iconic language each process; from putting water into the tank to how to grab the insects. This book allows an easy and straightforward process on how to raise insects as food.


Dadaab, being the largest and most populated refugee camp in the world, also has the highest rate for malnutrition and sickness. Families within this camp are not getting all the nutrients required and the food is becoming scarce. A family in Dadaab consumes 2,200 calories per week sometimes per month, a person in the UK consumes 2,200 calories per day. This is a monstrous difference and inspired us to find another solution, that is applied now days to most asia as well as africa, to nutrient families in Dadaab.