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Since September 15 2018, Spectrum - SDKN is conducting an 18 month research project funded by LIFT to fill critical knowledge gaps in the current state of edible insect sector in Myanmar. After one and half year project, Spectrum got NCE approval to conduct the research project until December. 2020.

Nutritionally, insects offer several advantages as human food, and are well-known to be extremely rich in protein, vitamins and minerals. In general, ‘mini-livestock’ enterprises offer several advantages: they are not resource or capital intensive and do not require much space, and from this can contribute to inclusive participation in economic growth, especially commercially marginalized groups such as remote communities, the displaced, women and the landless.[1]According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, insect farming offers opportunities to create cash flow within a short period, is easy to manage, and farmers often do not require in-depth training or skills acquisition. Many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and South America partake in these practices.     

Considering this, a key research question guiding our work is: “Can Myanmar, with a proven history of cultural entomophagy practices and geographic location adjacent to Thailand and Chinese markets, join in as a competitive supplier for the prospering insect trade?” 

This research aims at raising awareness of Myanmar’s existing edible insect markets and highlighting local and higher level opportunities for growing smallholder livelihoods businesses and income opportunities, boosting rural household’s nutritional intake, developing methods of production, processing and marketing insects, and expanding a growing market for greater diversification in Myanmar’s economy.   

Primary focus areas of our research are traditional entomophagy practices in Myanmar, existing insect farming business models and best practices, and global insect markets, Myanmar’s markets and value chains, as well as insects for feed markets.



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