Edible insect biodiversity of Afrotropical countries
Century Foundation, Bangalore in association with other organizations
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More than 1700 insect species are part of the human diet in Africa, Asia and America. The world s demand for meat consumption is increasing and it becomes important to find an alimentation source with better food value. Insects, which are consumed since a long time in many regions of the world, represent an important source of animal proteins that could valuably replace some types of meat and help malnourished populations. A first review of entomophagy practices has been carried out within the framework of the LINCAOCNET project, financed by the Fonds Francophone des Inforoutes and the Belgian Cooperation in French-Speaking countries of Western and Central Africa. Visited countries were Niger, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Mali, Central African Republic, Togo and Benin The results show that between 7 to 22 species are eaten in the different countries, such as different taxa of Caterpillars, Maggots or Crickets. First results are very encouraging and lead the authors to further promote edible insects as promising alternative food source for developing countries. Keywords: Entomophagy, Afrotropical countries, Edible insects.
CitationTchibozo, S.; Morin , D.; Theeten, F.; Mergen, P. (2011). Edible insect biodiversity of Afrotropical countries. , Global Entomological Conference (GCE), Century Foundation, Bangalore in association with other organizations,