Remember when you were a kid and there was always that one little kiddo—maybe it was even you—who was always eating bugs? Well, they may have been on to something! In recent years, insect farming, the practice of raising insects for agricultural purposes, has created the possibility for a new food industry. Insects are widely consumed in many parts of the world, including the Democratic republic of Congo, but are not yet farmed. Insect farming offers an innovative opportunity for The Pebble Project Nutrition Program to thrive. This nutrition program, created in partnership with Farms for Orphans, will be one of the first in the Congo to use insect farming as a source of nourishment for orphaned children. Insect farming provides an economical and highly sustainable method for raising high-quality protein, aka bugs. While the thought of eating bugs may sound less than appetizing, companies like Aspire Food Group equate certain flavors to ‘a very spicy Dorito’—we certainly would be open to a nutritionally dense Dorito!
Nicole Brandt, Executive Director
An update from GOF Executive Director on the status of the new well we are drilling in Kimpoko, DR Congo. The good news is: we will soon have an operational well to provide access to clean, safe drinking water. The bad news is: progress in Congo rarely comes easily.