Global Experiences on Waste Processing with Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens): From Technology to Business

Resource Recovery & Reuse – 16


Joly, G.; Nikiema, J. 2019. Global experiences on waste processing with black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens): from technology to business. Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Water Management Institute (IWMI). CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE). 62p. (Resource Recovery and Reuse Series 16). [doi: 10.5337/2019.214]



Black soldier fly colonies can produce about 100 times more protein per year than chicken or soybeans, not to mention cattle, on the same area of land. The flies can directly feed on different types of organic wastes, leapfrogging closed loop processes within a circular food economy. Also, where no protein is needed, for example, to feed fish or pigs, the larvae can be processed into high-quality biodiesel. However, can this be done at scale? The answer is ‘Yes’. The report showcases some of the leading global businesses in Black Soldier Fly production.


ISSN 2478-0510 (Print)
ISSN 2478-0529 (Online)
ISBN 978-92-9090-893-7