Studentisches Start-Up Projekt - Sommersemester 2016


The Problem

The world population is expecting to reach 9 billion in 2050, whereby Africa will contribute by 82% of the growth. This also triggers a vast development of the food industry, resulting in increased amounts of organic waste streams in (our focus) Sub-Saharan Africa. Around 70% of the waste in these countries is composed of organics, which is currently treated very poor. The lack of access to fertilizers and good agricultural practices are followed by soil exploitation and nutrient deficiency. Food companies do not have access to a system to add value to their organic waste streams and recycle the nutrients. Chicken farmers (layers and broilers) are highly dependent on feed imports and are effected by rising feed prices. Furthermore the demand for animal protein for human consumption (chicken and egg) is also rising.

Feed it as solution

Feedit offers a closed, energy efficient and easy operational box system using organic waste streams as feedstock to bread mealworms. The output of the system are mealworms, which can be used as protein rich chicken feed and residues, which can be used as organic fertilizers by arable farmers.

„converting organic waste to valuable feed and fertilizer – closing the nutrient cycle and improving feed security“

The system will allow chicken farmers to produce high quality feed and thus recycle the organic waste streams and reduce the dependency on international feed prices. The system will allow to replace 50% of the conventional feed with mealworms.

Initial target group: Medium sized chicken farmers in Zambia

The initial target group are medium sized chicken farmers in Zambia. Currently the country imports ¼ of its feed from South Africa (compound feed), which are imported by reduced customs destroying the local market. Zambia has a very fast growing poultry sector, with an increased feed demand. Furthermore the technological use in this sector is increasing, which is makes it easier to target farmers, as they are aware of the tech-development in the sector. The use of the Feedit system on farm level will allow the farmers to lower feed costs comparatively to conventional feed. Feedit will install the system on farm-level and together with local partners and locally based trainers support the farmers with on demand coaching and continuous training

Contact Person

  • Niklas Trenkler (WU)

  • Florian Greibich (TU)

  • Katharina Barsy (BOKU)

Student team

  • Katharina Barsy

  • Coral Arenas

  • Niklas Trenkler

  • Florian Greibich


  • Georg Reischauer

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