Ecodudu

Animal feed from insects

Ecodudu recycles organic waste into animal feed and fertilizer using black soldier fly. Through a process of bioconversion, Ecodudu’s black soldier fly larvae convert waste into fertiliser (‘Shamba Mix)’, and the larvae are used to make a high-protein feed source (‘Dudu Meal’). Currently their main raw material – which represents about 90% of their inputs – is avocado waste. Their work diverts some 20 tonnes every day from landfill. To close the loop further they also supply this same producer with Shamba Mix to feed the avocado trees.

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Ecodudu

Circular Strategy

Prioritise regenerative resources, Use waste as resource, Rethink the business model

Sustainable Development Goals

1End poverty in all its forms everywhere

11Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

12Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

"Our operations are carbon negative. Ultimately we want to enter the carbon trading business.”-Mohammed Hussein

The Opportunity

Most farmers in Kenya depend on imported, synthetic fertilisers for their crops, and processed feed for their animals. This is often imported, costly, and – in the case of feed – uses foodstuffs that are also in demand for human consumption. Meanwhile, as much as half of the 3,000 tonnes of waste produced in Nairobi alone every day is organic – that is, a feedstock.

If treated and processed appropriately it could be used to produce organic fertilisers and animal feed for poultry, pigs and fish.

The Story

Mohammed Hussein, an engineer, began his career with a traditional animal feed company in Kenya but soon left to set up on his own. He was struck by how difficult it was to source protein for feed domestically; it often had to be imported from Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi. While in search of a solution, he met his co-founder, who was researching black soldier flies for animal feed.

Inspired by its potential, in 2015 Mohammed sold all his assets and invested everything into setting up his new business. This led to the establishment of Ecodudu, which incorporated in 2018.

The Solution

Through a process of bioconversion, Ecodudu’s black soldier fly larvae convert waste into fertiliser (‘Shamba Mix)’, and the larvae are used to make a high-protein feed source (‘Dudu Meal’). Currently their main raw material – which represents about 90% of their inputs – is avocado waste from a single producer. In using this, they divert some 20 tonnes every day from landfill.

To close the loop further they also supply this same producer with Shamba Mix to feed the avocado trees. Ecodudu is now also working to decentralise production by training farmers to produce the feed and organic fertilisers themselves. This will enable them to scale with less capital, increasing their impact by reducing waste to landfill, enhancing soils and improving farmer livelihoods.

At the same time, Ecodudu is developing different fertiliser formulae – some 34 in total – that they plan to use to provide farmers with precision nutrition for their crops. They have benefitted from a unique investment from GreenTec Capital, who provide operational support and market linkages, which will convert into equity if certain milestones are achieved.

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