This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Summary for Project title: R7304: Zimbabwe: Micro-catchment management
and common property resources.
In southern Africa, people with virtually nothing could now become
farmers. Villagers in Botswana and Zimbabwe already domesticate and farm
the Mopane Worm, an edible caterpillar. Both rural and urban folk relish
these caterpillars. Harvested from woodlands throughout south-central
Africa, and high in protein and fat, they are also an important food for
the rural poor. Now, caterpillar farming can be a household enterprise.
Children help find and collect eggs and the adults, mainly women, raise
the larvae, and harvest and market the caterpillars. Proven methods of
breeding, processing and storing the caterpillars ensure a steady output
and maintain quality. Many other edible caterpillars popular all over
sub-Saharan Africa could be domesticated and farmed like this.
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty,
Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (14 pp.) taken from the CD.
FRP41, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 46.