On a recent trip to Democratic Republic of Congo, we filmed this quick tour for Insta stories of the Global Orphan Foundation and Farms for Orphans micro insect farm. In case you missed it, here it is!
When the 40ft shipping container was first purchased in January 2017, it looked like this:
Our team began researching the best way to turn this old hunk of metal into a habitable farm for Palm weevil larvae. We had three goals:
After lots and lots of research, we came up with this design:
Our plan was actually pretty straightforward. Armed with some key materials from the US, our Executive Director Nicole visited in April, and set out to accomplish the following:
On our next visit in May, the micro farm looked like this:
We were especially excited and relieved to see that our retrofits were keeping the inside temperature of the container seven to eight degrees cooler than the outside and exactly within the acceptable range for farming!
Working in DRC always presents a unique set of challenges, and incredible opportunities for creative problem solving! Stay tuned for more insect farming updates...