Feed DR Congo's Orphans through Insect Farming

by Farms for Orphans, Inc (FFO) Vetted since 2017


The DR Congo (DRC) is one of the poorest and most food insecure countries of the world, and the country's 5 million orphaned children face particularly grave hunger and malnutrition. To address the challenge of under-nutrition in orphanages, Farms for Orphans launched an insect farming program. Insects are a nutritious and popular food in DRC but are typically wild-harvested. By farming insects, orphanages can grow their own protein source and generate income through the sale of surplus yields.

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One child under the age of 5 dies of starvation every 3.6 seconds. For millions of kids, chronic malnutrition will result in stunting - a condition that stunts a child's physical and cognitive growth. Good nutrition is the foundation of child survival, health and development. Farms for Orphans is working to alleviate hunger and malnutrition in one of the world's lowest socioeconomic sectors- orphaned children- through the introduction of small scale edible insect farming, starting in the DRC.


FFO provides food-insecure orphanages with the training, equipment and support to start their own palm weevil grub farms. Grubs are a popular food source throughout the Congo Basin and are high in essential fatty acids, protein, Fe, Ca, Mg and other critical nutrients. Grubs requires far fewer resources (land, water, feed) to produce and generate an equivalent amount of protein as traditional livestock. Moreover, grub sales bring profits comparable to those from other proteins in local markets.

Long-Term Impact

We expect the effect of our program to be a decrease in malnutrition, micronutrient deficiencies, and anemia. Furthermore, insect farming can bring economic empowerment to our orphanage partners through the sale of extra insects at market, transforming orphanages from a drain on the community to a community resource. Orphans may also learn the insect farming process, affording them the skills necessary to support themselves and become productive members of their communities.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Organization Information

Farms for Orphans, Inc (FFO)

Location: Loveland, CO - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.farmsfororphans.org
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @farmsfororphans
Project Leader:
Amy Franklin
Loveland, CO United States
$7,147 raised of $10,000 goal
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$2,853 to go
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