How a Kenyan entrepreneur is using insects to bring about change

A visit to Insectipro will introduce you to the founder and CEO of the company, Talash Huijbersa young Kenyan agripreneur passionate about using her business to bring transformative change to the world and proving that farming is cool and lucrative, especially for young people and women.

Based in the central part of Kenya on the outskirts of Nairobi, Insectipro is a company that was founded in November 2018; It is in the field of insect breeding. The company cultivates Black Soldier Flyes which are used as a protein component in the production of animal feed.

This also aims to provide a cheaper and more practical solution to the food crisis by raising Human nutrition by crickets. In the process of producing insects, the company recycles 30 metric tons of waste.

When you visit the company’s website, you are greeted with the remarkable words “Meet the Chain-gers”. Talash leads an ambitious young team that thrives on injecting change into the feed and food value chains using innovation. “You will hardly find us using traditional farming methods which are very tedious and less fruitful,” says Talash. “We use modern technology to find ways to make agriculture sustainable and profitable for us and for farmers.”

Jalash and his team are work with other partners within the industry to merge and act on knowledge to make much-needed changes more urgently and create more space for innovation, thereby advancing sustainability. She believes in the specialization of work and works closely with partners as HDI transforming food systems.

“We can’t do it alone, because each partner comes up with different innovations and ideas which are important to us. With HDIan organization that takes advantage of the power of markets to create better jobs, better incomes, better environments and gender equity for everyone, We have increased our knowledge about work with farmers through farmer schools. We also got our first grant from IDH, and it’s a good thing to have such a partner who doesn’t think of help but putting trade first and to look at how it can improve people’s livelihoods,” she explains.

Talash believes that people should be the change they want to see, and if that change can’t start on a personal level, then change shouldn’t be expected to happen. She believes in the importance of making the world a better place through food security and achieving some of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Part of the change we are leading is tUsing sustainable inputs like waste and insects for food results in sustainable production“says Talash. “We are at the forefront of contributing to the achievement of SDGs 2, 9, 12 and 17 on zero hunger, industry and innovation, responsible production and consumption and building strategic partnerships to global goals respectively.”

She thinks her biggest innovation is believing that people should be open-minded and not afraid to experiment with new ideas. “People should be prepared to think of ways they can make changes and add a bit of innovation to it,” she explains.