- David Allan, Josh Galt, Neil lan Lumanlan, Nathan Preteseille
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In the context of a fast growing population particularly in China and India, the Asian Food And Feed Insect Association (AFFIA) stands at the right location to work on the challenges raised by food insecurity. Why insects?
Regionally, and particularly in Southeast Asia, eating practises already include the six-legged livestock in the daily diet for a large part of the population, for example in Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. While Thailand leads an organised industry development, wild catch remain strongly present and highlight the need for a transition towards protein production through insect farming and innovative production models.
But insects don’t stop there, with industries developing on the many characteristics of the multiple species of insects available. Food waste management and valorisation could be addressed through insects.
Valorisation can be here illustrated by the animal feed industry, with minimised inputs for better, more resilient and less land intensive food for livestock production. Join this session for a dive in the big bug world!
David Allan has been based in Myanmar for 13 years. Originally a chemical engineer, he spent much of his 35 year career in pursuit of various different aspects of circular economy. In recent years of development focused work, his interest in the edible insect sector has led to startup of a substantial edible insects research program in Myanmar to explore the sector's potential.
Josh has been involved with insects as food for several years, and is the founder of the Entovegan movement, combining a plant-based vegan diet with sustainable insect nutrition. He splits his time between South-East Asia and Central America, working as a developmental consultant for a number of consumer product startups, along with NGOs empowering social entrepreneurship through insect farming in rural areas.
Neil lan Lumanlan
Neil Ian Lumanlan teaches science at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines and has taught environmental science since 2007.An advocate of sustainability and climate action, he is active in community extension work with farmers promoting nature farming techniques to regenerate healthy soils and store carbon. He has a deep interest in low-technologies to empower communities by the use of waste streams in rural and urban settings as a resource for food production and renewable energy. A microbiologist by training, he is a practitioner in the use of probiotics, composting, clean cookstoves, biochar, and black soldier fly larvae.
Nathan has been working in Southeast Asia on Insects as Feed for Aquaculture as starting point and further jumped in the insect as food industry. He co-founded and coordinates the Asian Food and Feed Insect Association. He is now starting a PhD on Edible Insects Processing and Nutrition, in the context of a Research and Development project involving Madagascar, Myanmar and Thailand.
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