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Author Verner, Dorte, author.

Title Insect and hydroponic farming in Africa : the new circular food economy / Dorte Verner, Nanna Roos, Afton Halloran, Glenn Surabian, Edinaldo Tebaldi, Maximillian Ashwill, Saleema Vellani, and Yasuo Konishi
Published Washington, DC : World Bank Group, [2021]
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Description 1 online resource (283 pages)
Series Agriculture and food series
Agriculture and food series (World Bank)
Contents Front Cover -- Contents -- Foreword -- Acknowledgments -- About the Authors -- Executive Summary -- Abbreviations -- Chapter One Introduction -- Context of the Problem -- Solutions to the Problem -- Viability -- Road Map -- Methodology -- Notes -- References -- Chapter Two Food Security Context -- Highlights -- Food Security and Nutrition in Africa -- Food Supply -- Economic Structure of the Agriculture Sector -- Population Change in FCV Countries -- Climate Change in FCV Countries -- ANNEX 2A -- Notes -- References -- Chapter Three Understanding Insect Farming -- Highlights
Box 1.2 Farm-Level and Country-Level Surveys -- Box 3.1 Insect Farming and the Sustainable Development Goals -- Box 4.1 Costs Associated with an Experimental Cricket Farming Activity in Kenya's Kakuma Refugee Camp -- Box 5.1 Hydroponic Pilot Project in Kenya's Kakuma Refugee Camp -- Box 5.2 Comparing Lettuce Yields, Water Usage, and Growing Seasons between Traditional Soil Farming and Two Hydroponic Techniques-the Wicking Bed and Nutrient Film Techniques-in West Bank and Gaza -- Figures -- Figure ES. 1 Linear versus Circular Economy for Food Production and Consumption
Context of Insect Farming in Africa -- Types of Insects that can be Farmed -- Roles in Insect Farming for Civil Society, Government, and the Private Sector -- Insect Farming's Nutritional Benefits -- Insect Farming's Social Benefits -- Insect Farming's Environmental Benefits -- Insect Farming's Economic Benefits -- ANNEX 3A -- Notes -- References -- Chapter Four Mainstreaming Insect Farming -- Highlights -- Edible Insect Supply Chains in African FCV-Affected States -- Urban and Rural Insect Markets -- Drivers of the Edible Insect Market -- Edible Insect Production Systems
Figure ES.2 Developing a Circular Food Economy -- Figure ES.3 Comparative Advantage of Frontier Technology Relative to Conventional Farming When R d"R* -- Figure ES.4 Supply Chain Integration versus Costs over Time -- Figure 1.1 Prevalence of Undernourishment in African Fragile, Conflict, and Violence Countries, 2015-30 -- Figure 1.2 Share of the Population with Insufficient Food Consumption in African FCV Countries -- Figure 1.3 Linear versus Circular Economy for Food Production and Consumption -- Figure 1.4 The Circular Food Economy and Its Benefits Using the Frontier Agricultural Technologies of Insect Farming and Hydroponic Crop Agriculture
Modeling the Potential of BSF in Zimbabwe -- Annex 4A. Profiles of Potential Benefits Derived From Black Soldier Fly in 10 African Countries -- Notes -- References -- Chapter Five Understanding Hydroponics -- Highlights -- About Hydroponics -- Types Of Hydroponic Systems -- Required Inputs -- Outputs -- Advantages Over Soil Agriculture -- Limitations -- Notes -- References -- Chapter Six Ways Forward -- Phase 1: Establishing and Piloting -- Phase 2: Scaling -- Note -- References -- Boxes -- Box 1.1 Benefits from Frontier Agriculture for Countries Affected by Fragility, Conflict, and Violence
Summary Interestingly, some relief from today's woes may come from ancient human practices. While current agri-food production models rely on abundant supplies of water, energy, and arable land and generate significant greenhouse gas emissions in addition to forest and biodiversity loss, past practices point toward more affordable and sustainable paths. Different forms of insect farming and soilless crop farming, or hydroponics, have existed for centuries. In this report the authors make a persuasive case that frontier agriculture, particularly insect and hydroponic farming, can complement conventional agriculture. Both technologies reuse society's agricultural and organic industrial waste to produce nutritious food and animal feed without continuing to deplete the planet's land and water resources, thereby converting the world's wasteful linear food economy into a sustainable, circular food economy. As the report shows, insect and hydroponic farming can create jobs, diversify livelihoods, improve nutrition, and provide many other benefits in African and fragile, conflict-affected countries. Together with other investments in climate-smart agriculture, such as trees on farms, alternate wetting and drying rice systems, conservation agriculture, and sustainable livestock, these technologies are part of a promising menu of solutions that can help countries move their land, food, water, and agriculture systems toward greater sustainability and reduced emissions
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on February 24, 2022)
Subject Edible insects -- Africa
Hydroponics -- Africa
Sustainable agriculture -- Africa
Edible insects.
Sustainable agriculture.
Form Electronic book
Author Ashwill, Maximillian, author.
Halloran, Afton, author
Konishi, Yasuo, author.
Roos, Nanna, author.
Surabian, Glenn, author
Vellani, Saleema, author
ISBN 1464817677