West African Feeds
We specialize in using various tropical insects in sustainably converting organic waste into protein meal, vermicompost and other bioproducts.
Founded in 2019, West African Feeds is a social enterprise that produces low--cost, high-protein feed base for chickens and fish made from organic waste. The company provides this feed as an affordable yet equally nutritious alternative to the fish meal that is used in conventional poultry- or fish-feed recipes. Through a series of bioprocesses, it converts organic and food waste into insect-larvae biomass and vermicompost. “In order to manufacture our products, we require access to consistent sources of food waste,” says cofounder Rose Oduro. “As a result, we have established zero-waste-to-landfill partnerships with several local food-production firms, from whom we source waste for use in our production process.”
West African Feeds was founded on the principles of environmental sustainability, social impact and scalability, and it targets its products at the small-scale poultry and fish farmers who are the backbone of Africa’s agricultural sector. Its goal is to establish itself as a market leader in Africa’s budding sustainable agriculture and agri-feed industry.
West African Feeds has been mostly bootstrapped, but was established with the help of grant funding from Ghana Innovation Hub’s #Innov8GH Incubation Program.
- Establishing a pilot production facility capable of processing up to a ton of food waste per month.
- Testing and commencing the certification process of two of our primary products: dried black soldier fly larvae and vermicompost.
- Establishing waste collection and conversion partnerships with three food production firms.
- Establishing market linkages with a feed-milling firm.