I am Ansah Boatemaa, 24, an environmental activist in Cape Coast, Ghana. I am the Programme Manager for Green Africa Youth Organization in Ghana, and a teaching assistant at the University of Cape Coast. I am passionate about food security and climate change, agricultural waste management, and climate-smart agriculture. These are my research interests.
Our project is focused on introducing insect (Rhynchophorus spp) farming in Ghana, as a cheap, readily available nutritious source of food for local impoverished communities.
Palm weevil, Rhynchophorus spp, are excellent low-cost sources of protein and essential nutrients. They have low-carbon footprint, if farmed as a commercial enterprise. In Ghana, Palm weevils serve as a traditional meal for natives of most rural societies but are not farmed for consumption.
Palm weevil farming is a low-cost enterprise in terms of supplies and labour. The larvae reaches maturity within three months and can be harvested for consumption—very rich in protein.
The project will partner with the Department of Wildlife and Entomology of the University of Cape Coast to provide students and researchers insight in insect farming for human consumption.
Also, traditional leaders, local government representatives of communities, local trade union, and palm wine tappers within the community will be integrated as stakeholders to ensure project sustainability and effectiveness.
Palm trunks, which is regarded as agricultural waste, will be used for farming to provide larvae stage of the Rhynchophorus spp with a natural habitat.
The trunks will be cut into logs where each log is expected to produce about 3 kg of healthy larvae—50 mm in length (for human consumption) for up to six months.
The logs will be fed with fermented palm mash, upon which adult palm weevils will be introduced to mate and produce eggs. Feeding activity and entire life-cycle of the immature stages (eggs, pupae and larvae) are concealed in the trunk.
After about three months, the first crop of weevils will be ready to be harvested.
Prior to the first harvest of the farm, the entomology department will give scientific insight, and ensure the ecological health and quality of the habitat to be provided for the palm weevils.
As a delicacy, unemployed youth will be trained on how to prepare palm weevil larvae as food for trade. This will be done through a workshop for community members. The project is long term and very sustainable.
Income generated from harvest will be used to further the project and scale up in other rural communities. Eventually, it is expected that the project will reach all rural areas—providing affordable food and alternative livelihood.
The farming technique is cost-effective and environmental friendly as it utilizes agricultural waste as a resource and enhance food security.
Moreover, the mash used in rearing the larvae is rich in nutrients and will be sold as compost for crop farmers in amending infertile soils. Also, after six months, the hollowed palm logs used for rearing and have been burrowed by the larvae will be utilized as containers for gardening and growing ornamental plants.
This project was developed and inspired to combat chronic malnutrition in rural areas within the Ashanti and Central Regions of Ghana.
There is no interest by farmers to farm palm weevils due to lack of skills and technical knowhow. The project will provide skills and knowledge of Palm weevil farming and trading to communities and create alternative livelihood for dwellers.
The project’s success will be measured by:
- the availability of affordable nutritious food (palm weevils) to rural communities
- number of youth engaged in palm weevil farming and trade as alternative livelihood
- income generated from first harvest of the farm which will also indicate the number of consumers.
Additionally, impact measurement will also include the number of crop farmers interested in purchasing the nutrient-rich compost for farming following eventual usage of palm trunk as habitat for palm weevil larvae.
The grant will be used to implement the project in two communities. The USD 5,000 will be utilized as shown below:
Item, amount, date
- Public education on project’s mission and goals, USD 500, August 2016.
- Acquisition and preparation of land for project, USD 1,600, September 2016.
- Labour, USD 1,400, October 2016
- Workshop for unemployed youth, USD1000, November 2016
- Supplies (harvest, trade, other), USD 500, February 2017.
Blogpost and picture submitted by Ansah Boatemaa (Ghana): gayoghana[at]gmail.com
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809 thoughts on “YAP proposal #276: Farming Palm Weevils (Ansah Boatemaa, Ghana)”
Thank you, Parth Shah. I guess we can extend to India
Thank you, Ghana Youth Environmental Movement.
I love agric and I was born into agriculture so help lets GREEN Ghana
This sounds very exciting – addressing food security while providing employment! I really hope that the project goes ahead regardless of funding outcomes.
I will like to know if both the larvae and adult palm weevil are edible. Thank you
Hi Climate Gh, thanks for your question. Yes, both larvae and adult palm weevils are edible and the taste is just amazing.
Thank you for the response. I recently asked my colleagues at work about it and they testified that the taste is very nice
Interesting Project. Most people like palm weevils larvae but I agree that they don not think its possible to rear them. Establishing a farm like this will really attract a lot of palm farmers. Great thinking
No Thanks. I believe we will implement this project and it will cause economic transformation in the project communities.
Yes, especially for my community. How do I get in touch?
EzahJackie, you can follow the project coordinators facebook or blog link in the comments or follow on twitter @gayoghana. That’s the organization responsible for the project.
EzahJackie, you can follow the project coordinator’s facebook or blog link in the comments or follow on twitter @gayoghana. That’s the organization responsible for the project.
Follow my blog and I will get your contact. Or I will contact you privately. Thank you.
This program will help contribute to the growth of Africa.
Adomako, this not just meant for Africa but worldwide. Thank you for showing support
This is an excellent idea and one that seems to be very well thought out. Right down to the training of the unemployed to become delicacy preparers. The more ways that you can add value to the product the better the enterprise. I really hope that you can prove this business model can sustain itself and that it becomes a model that you can replicate far and wide. Hey, I know that the aim is to produce food for locals but if you get big enough to export some I’ll be your first customer in Canada.
Sixdegreewater, thank you so much for your input. We have the same thought – a good model will aid us in scaling up the project in other rural areas in Ghana and beyond. As you mentioned, this is a sustainable model for entrepreneurship and we look forward to engaging you in export trade. Thanks a lot. We will stay in touch.
Sixdegreewater, your input is well accepted and will be incorporated.
Interesting. This will work well for malnutrition in rural Ghana
Sure, Enoch. That is what the project is all about.
Great project. All the best.
Yes! We hope to access this funding opportunity and go viral
I support your project dear.. It’s a very good one
Brilliant and achievable
Yes, achievable and sustainable.
Great project! Should be funded to save the two communities in question
Dr. John, thanks for the support. We look forward to that.
I want to take part.
Addo, thanks for showing interest in joining our project team. We will get in touch. Thank you for the support.
Unemployment in Ghana is curtailed when there is innovation and initiatives. The weevils in the Ghanaian local language is ‘Akokono’ and there is indeed a high consumption deficit for this nutritious protein food.
Osei, truly, this will cater for the deficit in protein foods for local communities. Thank you for highlighting that.
Unemployment in Ghana can be eliminated through innovative startups. Weevils in the local Ghanaian language is ‘Akokono’ with a high consumption deficit to meet the numerous demands. The project will go a long way to mitigate unemployment and boost commodity supply.
Sylvester, you clearly see the purpose of this project and why it is urgent in curbing unemployment and malnutrition in rural Ghana. Thank you for the support.
Yeah. This will mitigate the increasing unemployment rate in Ghana and possibly attract youth into Agriculture.
This is a great piece Boatemaa…Great concept, great idea
Thank you, Fiifi.
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Thank you for sharing and supporting.
This is a very nice project. Great Mind.
Roger, its indeed a great project and you are supporting it. Thank you
Interesting. Most people have never thought of going into insect farming, they see it as a pest. This project will help alot, to understand more about insect farming and also enlighten more people about the nutritious nature of the food insect.
It can also combact malnutrition, since it will contribute a ceratin amount of protein to the meal when it is added.
Nice work. All the best.
Nice input, Adjei. I totally agree with you. A preliminary had already been done and it reflects some of your input. People think Palm Weevils cannot be cultivated and as an insect, some regard it as a pest but this project seeks to eliminate that thought and introduce insect farming to these areas.
That’s nice to know. As an ecologist, every spp serves a purpose in its ecosystem. Others may see it harmful, others may regard it as a resource. Great project
Insect farming is not something practiced in West Africa and Africa at large but this project can lead the way.
Well, I guess this is a perfect Idea! All the Best to your team!!
Great plan. Go for gold.
Great plan it is. We submitted quiet late but we look forward to more support from the public. Thank you for showing support.
I guess this is a great project! all the best to your team!!
Guess its a great idea
Good job,All the best
Thank you, Susana. All the best to us!
Susana, I am glad you could support.
Good job. This will go a long way to help our country at large. Keep up the thinking.
Great Isaac, it is no more a thinking but a sustainable model and ready to be implemented at a large scale.
Wow great.work Boatemaa, Ghanaians love their palm weevils a.k.a akorkono. That is if I’m right, but I never knew it can actually be cultivated. Good work. But I think you should have a wider scope so far as the supply to communities are concern. I know your farm will be feeding more communities than you expect.
Fiifi, yes it can be cultivated and we are going to implement it. Sure, suggestions we are receiving makes us believe we will feed millions in Ghana and possibly export to other countries. Thank you for the support.
Thanks, Fiifi. I guess its been a long time since you tasted Palm Weevil larvae, it can be cultivated.
Woow, this is what I call creative thinking and besides many peoples llke palm weevil a lot but didn’t know it could be cultivated. I like your idea.
Yes yes. Many people like Palm Weevil – a.k.a ‘Akokono’. Nice taste, Eco-friendly and nutritious.
This is a great idea, and I would really like to learn more about it. Is there any way I could contact the lady mentioned in this article?
Hello Sharon, you can connect with us on twitter @gayoghana. Thanks for showing interest and supporting us.
This is wonderful! I bet nobody ever thought of this! My attention was just drawn to the possibility of achieving great success via this project to help the nation and beyond! Very Impressive work!! All the best!
Thank you for your kind words. We look forward to greater support to enable us win.
Is this peculiar only to few geographical locations?
Is is peculiar to few geographical locations?
No no no, laru004. The insect is known in equatorial regions – Southeast Asia, Africa and south America, due to their temperature requirements. However they can be cultivated in semi-tropics and other temperate regions.
Creative thinking. Goodluck with your project.
Thank you for your kind words, Faith.
wow palm weevils larvae farming. what are great initiative, i desire being an oil palm producer in the near future . i will really love to know more
Hi all,very interresting,could i write my projet in french please
Noel, please get in touch with the GFAR via https://blog.gfar.net/2016/02/17/calling-on-all-young-agripreneurs-submit-your-project/. All the best. Let me know if you need any further assistance.
A very creative project. All the best! God be with you.
Kojo, God be with you too. Thank you for the support.
Great idea…. I like your innovative approach to agriculture…… have you piloted it yet?…… nonetheless, you are change maker
At a small scale for a defined household but have not been piloted at a large scale for commercial purposes. Thank you.
Creativity at its best…Ghana is very proud to have you..very laudable initiative….Great thought!!!
Thanks, Nana. I am happy to have your support too.
Thanks, Alfred. Your project is superb too. All the best!
What a waaw! This wonderful! This is what I call creativity at it best. Keep it up my dear. Let nothing stop you. You are full of ideas and these are people Ghana has been lacking since….. Keep on keeping on my dear and I know one day, you will surely be recognized.
🙂 Thanks, Nana Yaw for such great words. Engage your network and tell them to support us.
Great project all the best man
It’s really a great project which needs to be implemented because I can find some possibilities of sustainability of this project and boost its areas.
Yes, very sustainable and eco-friendly. I know India has some impoverished rural communities too, we can scale up to India following our implementation. Thank you, Balraj Arpit.
Hi I am at Okeyerekrom, a village where palm weevil larvae is really fancied by lot of adults but its a rare organism. Can you implement this in my community?
Grt idea.all de best man
Good to see the youth in action to solve the major concerns of the Nation. All the best for this project.
Thank you, April. SDGs can be achieved only through youth commitment towards the global goals.
Yes, April. Youth in action will make every nation better. Thanks
Great project. This will help the development process of the country. God bless you for conceiving such a thought
And thank you for your support.
Great idea…Keep it up
Well done, keep it up
Thank you for the support, Isaac.
Good idea, I wish you success
Hoping for the best outcome. Thank you for the support, Isaac.
This is good for Ghana. Which regions are you targeting?
Ashanti and Central Region for now. Thank you for asking.
Ok. Okyerekrom is in Ashanti Region so kindly look at it. They have lots of palm farms.
I like your project. this will help rural communities in Ashanti Region of Ghana
Sure, it will. Ashanti’s love their Palm Weevils fried and crunchy 🙂 🙂
This is really awesome. Go high…
Thank you, Ezah. In your earlier comment you wanted us to come to your village. We will take a look at your village – Okyerekrom and decide whether to include that during our implementation phase.
Ok. Thank you. I will be expecting to hear from your team.
Woow, everyone says palm weevil is a delicacy down south of ghana. I hope this project works so that those of us up north of ghana can also have this delicacy. Since Palm plantations do not grow up north. Infact, I’m all in for this project. Nice initiatives Ms Boatemaa.
Hi Ivan Ndego, you will surely enjoy ‘Akokono’ once we kick-start large scale implementation. The Northern sector has lots of impoverished rural communities and it is our target to feed them all. Thank you
Yeah, I agree. Ivan is right, we from the North needs to enjoy this food too
Brilliant project, this is especially needed in the sub Sahara Africa
Oh yeah, Africa needs this.
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Pragmaticyouth, thank you so much for sharing our proposal.
its wonderful, i wish you good luck
Good luck, it is. Thank you, Alugnoa.
Great minds at work. This is a very laudable project. Keep the good work up. Really miss working with you all. All the best.
Felicia, we miss you too! Thank you for showing support.
Great minds at work. Big ups to you all. That’s a laudable project. Miss working with you all. All the best!
Great innovative idea. The country needs thinkers like you to develop
Very true, Patrick.
Thanks for your support and kind words. Ghana and Africa will surely rise.
Wow, great idea, all the best
Great idea and this is so unique. May the Almighty God bring this to fulfilment.
Thank you, Patrick. We pray so too.
It’s such a great and innovative project and I trust it’s success.
Gifty, thank you. We all believe in it’s success – for nature and humanity.
Thank you, Gifty Rhodalyn.
This is such a great and innovative project and I trust it’s success…
I think this is a laudable idea and wish you the very best in your endeavours.
Louis, thank you for your support.
I think this is a very wonderful project and I can’t wait to see its inception and hopefully being part of it. Thanks for this great initiative.
Terrance, you will surely witness this. If you are in the Ashanti or Central Region, get ready to enjoy some fresh crunchy palm weevil larvae. Thanks for the support too
the idea is just wow. Africa hold the future and it is only through such initiative that more young Africans will realize the greener pasture they have. This is one! Let Like, Share and do every thing it takes for Africa to keep the flame burning.
Thank you for your commitment towards the success of this project. I can see fro your comment that you really have passion for the development of Africa and sure, Africa will rise if our youth works harder and smarter.
Tafon, I think same everyone must support this project.
Thats great.Impressive project there.There should be a strategy to implement it and i think it’s gonna change lives to the best level.Well done.Keep it up.
Hi Prince, the strategy is already in place. For large scale implementation, we need some funds and that’s why we are here calling on everyone for their support. Truly, spoken, this will change lives. Thank you
nice job…keep up
like everything i just read…woow..great
Jose, thanks for the comment.
Thats great.Impressive project there.There should be a strategy to implement it and i think it’s gonna change lives to the best leve.Keep it up.
Great insights and idea. Job well done. This Initiative is feasible and will go along way to touch lives of many. Let’s give all support and financial assistance. This is a moment Africa and Ghana needs idea like this to be executed.
Hello, thank you for mentioning feasibility. We have conducted lots of preliminary surveys in the anticipated project communities and we have ensured that environmental and operational sustainability is incorporated to provide us a smooth long-term project. We look forward to receiving financial support.
I wonder why some African leaders and substantial people refuse to support projects such as this and always rely on foreign aids. That is very bad.
I wonder same too. It’s a pity. This is for us! We should learn to push ourselves up
We are getting to a point some of us find a way round getting projects done without influence from our society and leaders. We need to take the bull by the horn. Truth is that you only yourself first to succeed in life. Live your dreams.
Kwame, that’s a problem we all must fight to change. Let’s always push for support and take every little opportunity serious. Surely, we the youth, will emerge as transformational leaders of Africa.
Nice project…all the very best man.
Thanks, Gifty. The project is coordinated by Ms Ansah Boatemaa :).
Thank you, I am not a male. lol
Great idea, we used to eat it whenever I visited my grandfather in the village at Akwadum near Koforidua in Ghana ; that was in the 1980s when he was alive. It was so delicious. We call it ‘Akokono’ in Twi.
Yes, Gabriel. During our survey, lot of adults made reference to the 80s and early 90’s. Some people even presumed the organism is extinct. The local name is ‘Akokono’ for the Akans and they will love to have it back on their diet!
Its delicious, true. Most teenagers now haven’t tasted it yet because its rare to come by.
In fact , this project must be supported. I have tasted some before in my village and it was very delicious. I support the project 100%.Wishing you all the best of luck!
Sure, for the taste, it is very nice. It can be used for many other meals too.
Great one there!!!
Very good initiative
Well its a good initiative and very distinct.. i like that, but seems its more targetted at the rural areas , and to few rural locations. what of the urban areas where majority may not even know about how beneficial palm weevils are for consumption?and may not know palm weevils could be cultivated? Are you going create awareness in the urban areas or?
Iris Nana Obeng, Thank you so much for your questions and inputs. Yes, we are targeting impoverished rural areas for now – in such places, money to buy protein rich source of food is a challenge and we envision to provide readily affordable nutritious food to them. For urban centers, we have marginally included that -for the trade and supply model. Education program is also included in the project prior to the commencement of the large scale cultivation.
Well its a good initiative and very distinct.. i like that, but seems its more targetted at the rural areas , and to few rural locations. what of the urban areas where majority may not even know about how beneficial palm weevils are for consumption?and may not know palm weevils could be cultivated? Are you going to create awareness in the urban areas or?
May God continue to give u more wisdom to explore cos is not easy to come out with such projects…Good job
Mavis, thank you so much for such kind words. Glory be to God
Cost effective project,I think. I like it and I think it should be funded
Sure, it will be funded. All we need is more support – likes, comments, views and social media shares.
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Very great project.
Good project for Ghana. I can see others are already saying great things about this work.
Yes. Lots of comments
Amazing Idea, Green Africa Youth Organization. This is really good for low income villages
I think it should focus more on the villages. Though others think it should include urban centers.
Thank you and we hope for the best outcome.
I’ve read through this project and it seems to be well described in terms of its focus. Great objectives. Nice work
So so impressive. I had heard rumours about the possibility of cultivating this spp and you guys are making it happen in Ghana – where people enjoy it most.
We need more comments and likes to win this, so y’all should share this with your network. Thumbs up to everyone who has supported so far. Your inputs are great and we are considering all the suggestions.
All the best for your initiative!
Hi Bindu, thanks for the support. I like the project as well.
That’s a nice project.. You have all the support. Well done
So does this a laboratory based theory or practically feasible? I heard the larvae comes naturally on dying palm trees.
I don’t think so. Read the blog post carefully.
This is not an experimental hypothesis/theory. The project is already being practiced for households and now seeking to transform larger communities.
The larvae of palm weevils are sometimes (not always) found on palm trees being processed for palm wine. Thats the reason why they uncommon.
Great stuff, Ms Boatemaa. I hope you gain the necessary support. All the best
If I may ask, will the trade of farm produce be a profit making venture or just part of the implementing cost?
No please. Trade will be a profit making venture – purposely for project sustainability and extension.
It seems its much easier to comment than to like. This project is amazing, I wish there was a native Ghanaian on the panel. This palm weevil larvae is not easy to come by, mass production will really help.
You will need a WordPress account to like. You can register easily and like. Try it.
Very true! Its not easy to come by. Just after sharing this proposal on the various social media, most urban guys are asking whether palm weevils are still existing? This project will solve food insecurity issues.
Nice initiative, let’s all support
It is a novelty so far as Ghana is concerned. Accordingly, it will break grounds if given the required push.
Yeah. Once we get funding, it will break grounds. Thanks for seeing the need for this project in Ghana.
Great Idea and Very Innovative
I watched a similar project to yours on focus on africa/bbc. I think it was in cameroun were an organisation is undertaking the palm weevil farming project. One of their goals is to feed malnutritioned children who are facing stunted growth condition in the rural areas. I think is a worthy course you are on. God Help you.
I’m sure there are palm weevils all over Africa but not all nations eat it. Big ups to Cameroon. Thank you too
please where are you going to get the adult palm weevil from? @ boatemah
Kojo, Adult Palm Weevils are found on palm trees – sometimes, the ones that has been fell for wine and can be easily collected – even by hand. If you have been to villages with palm plantation, you’ll see kids capture adult weevils and them on a broomstick. The local name in Akan dialect is ‘Asomorodwi’
The palm weevil known in our local dialect as akokono will thank you for giving them such a huge platform. lol! I watched a similar project to yours on focus on africa/bbc were elsewhere in cameroun an organisation is embarking on palm weevil project. One of their goals is to feed malnutritioned children who are stunted in growth because of the akokono’s high protein level. God help you
Am soo proud of your intuition, I hope you get all the needed assistance to let this become a reality. Atleast more youth would get employed. Great work God bless you all. All the best
Yes, Alexander. We are hoping to employ about 100+ youth within each project community. This can only be achieved if we get this grant. Thanks
Great idea. hoping for it success
well, I really think sensitization goes on well to educate the target group on the nutritious benefit of the organism since the individual might find it quite awkward to adopt a whole new diet at a go.
wish u grace. keep us updated.
Emmanuel Gustav Imbeah, well said. As a matter of fact, all our projects has a public education integrated. Without education people wouldnt understand the why and how? Thank you so much
Wow this a very great initiative.Thumbs up girl.Well done
Palm Weevils are pollinators,they thus contributes positively to biodiversity of flora species. it a good project.
I love this idea.
Very great indeed
wish u all best of luck
This palm weevil ‘Akokono’ is hardly to come by these days, it will be great to have them back.
Thanks for supporting this project. We will bring your ‘Akokono’ back.
I haven’t tasted these before. I hope to do so some day. I’m sure my friends will like to taste them as well. All the best…
This is a refreshingly novel idea that has the potential to improve the economic standards of some rural folks. Well done
Thats the dream. Improving socio-economic status of rural dwellers
Interesting project. Insect farming in Ghana – WOW!
I wont say much, seems a lot have been said already. However, I think we can discuss a joint project in India someday.
insect farming…wow. my village needs this
Which village are you? Let us know
How are going to get the palm trunk, are u going to cut palm trees anytym u need the trunk for cultivation?
Plam trunks will be obtained from palm farmers and the wine tappers. The palm tree after is waste and are being left to rot which is environmentally not cool. So we will utilize it for this project
A must win project!
Wow!!! Interesting project…and great initiative too. Nothing but best wished from Zim 🙂
Great initiative for developing nations
Surprisingly, this insects are in India too but not farmed.
Hopefully we will extend to India, if we get financial support. Lets keep in touch
I support this Project.
Its too tough to like. This project needs a lot of support to win. All the best
awesome work…..make Ghana proud
woowww……Ghana will surely go far
GO Boatemaah…GO gh…..we are proud
impressive…lets do it
I hope you get the necessary support.
Ansah, your idea is excellent and very compatible to most African countries and other nations in Asia, Europe and America . Great job!
Thanks, Dr. Miyittah. You have been supportive
believe in GHANA
Palm Weevils. I don’t think I know what it is.
YOU CAN DO IT…..GO HIGH
interesting stuff…..good job
Great to read about your project. I think it stands a higher chance of receiving funds if you get enough comments. Anyways, best of luck!
Nice project Idea.
Is that the larvae in the picture?
Akokono all the way. See how it has been branded famous here. 🙂
Its a traditional diet. It deserves branding
The project concept is great. Love it
Please do they feed on the wine or what?
The entire life cycle is concealed in the palm mash.
Feasible, Sustainable, and Cost Effective.
well done Boatemaa, its a great idea n even though its gonna be tough bt i hope u make it to the top cos in the end it help curb most of the problems we facing in Gh. from food security to unemployment and a lot more. Best of luck sist.
All the best. Great work
Nice! Nice!! Nice!!! Providing alternative livelihood
Palm Weevils seems to be a thing of the past in Ghana. People don’t see it anymore. Great project
This will help reduce rural poverty and malnutrition. Its the best proposal I’ve read lately.
Keep up with the great work.
Thumbs up dear
Keep it up
With Jah it will be done
You’ve my support. It is a nice project.
This project can attract global coverage. Whether you get funding or not, do well to implement it.
Cool thoughts. 👍
The larvae is eaten in Thailand too. Great to see a Ghanaian show interest in this field.
Great to have read. All the best, Ansah.
you can do it…you can help Ghana
GOOD…make ucc and above all GH proud…go for gold
i encourage you to do more…nice proposal
i keep reading your proposal over and over again…..you are just great
Your measurable objectives are on point! Your project is well described and needs support.
Sadder, I strongly agree with you.
interesting idea.well done
just cant believe you really thought of this nice idea…..awesome.
passion to make Ghana do well on the international front..big ups
Palm weevils are sweet, that’s very true.
perfect…well done young lady
this is the reason one cant be unemployed after school…you are using your brains here,execellent
how come the country as a whole never thought of this all this while….you are doing great my dear
God bless this project..i pray u succeed.
what can i say?? congrats and all the best as well..nice project and thoughts
it can be done.i believe as well
ist very intresting..
proud of you:achievable
i’m positive about this project u can do it.
the whole nation should get involved
That would be great.
Achievable.just on track
you will go far.all the best
GOD bless your ideas
bringing GH to the front line.what a waow.
you will surely go far wai.GHANA loves you
go for it girl.go for gold.Gh dey your back
God win so u win it already.Believe
dum spiro spero.while we breathe we hope.good job
whoever said Gh wont go far should come again.we have great people in the making
make us proud my dear,Aim high
go go ucc..go ghana
hang on to hope.
never say never.good work
God be with you through this project.well done
nice thoughts and ideas
How is the larvae edible? Is it a newly discovered food?
It is not newly discovered. I know the larvae is being eaten long ago.
yes u can……
How do I like?
good work.well done
Wishing you all the best.
more protein food.great
you can do it..yes u can
You’ve a greater chance of winning because of your project concept.
Thank you, Lina
i’m proud to be a Ghanaian with people like u in the country
I want to know more about your project.
hi 5. nice one there
onward we go.such a nice project
woow..cant believe we can actually do this here
there is hope for GH…GO GH
Weevil larvae, superb.
just dreaming how it will help us..good work
Your dreams will become a reality. Thank you
Weevil larvae, superb.
interesting and a well thought idea
oh yeah..she will do it
You’re a climate – smart researcher indeed! 😊
It never crossed my mind that insect farming could be welcomed in Ghana. Creative mind, Ms. Ansah.
Palm trunk is not total waste else where. Some utilize it for fibre or so. I’m not so sure. Using it for farming is an excellent idea.
Nice project. I support this idea 100%
You should have added a picture of the adult palm weevil. Anyways, great proposal. I like it
Sorry about that. You can check that up on the internet
The sky is the limit
This must be implemented.
Congrats on being accepted and all the best.
I admire your project because it partners a university department. You understand partnership 👌
I like the idea! Cool 👍
I thought people in west Africa didn’t fancy insect diets. Surprised to see this famous one. All the best.
Marcus, you are right – we do not fancy insect diet but this one is exceptional.
May the best project win. You’re one of the best.
Keep the project running no matter what. #YouthInAgriculture
I visited Ghana summer 2014 and I recall some Ghanaian acting weird whenever I mention reptile and insect diets.
I didn’t know you guys have your own special favorite. Tis must go commercial
I believe in this project.
24 years and you’re already a teaching assistant and a staff of an NGO.. That’s nice. Your project is conceptually perfect too
Thank you, Muhammed. Kudos to our Programs Manager, Ansah Boatemaa.
I want to like but I don’t have a com accounts. Anyways, all the best! Your project is really amazing
Brilliant Idea to combat malnutrition. #FeedtheFuture
Akokono will really sell, even in urban centers. My dad will kill for it
congrats already. Its a good idea
Won’t there be any negative social impact? Lets say children dropping out of school to trade the palm weevil larvae for money?
No it wont. Its specifically mentioned in our proposal that both farming and trade of the species will be provided for unemployed adults or youth not students, if I may clarify. Thank you.
Insect diets in Ghana? That’s very good. You’ve to run this project on large scale
Exactly what we want to do. Thank you for supporting
I pray you win this grant for the greater good
I have heard the name before but never tasted it. I guess it will be great and impact these communities
Waoooooh!That is very great ideas worth spreading.Keep it up
I have shared with my network. I wish you all the best. #GCARD3 #YAP276
Unemployment solution in rural settlements. That’s is an exceptional idea considering the fact that you are providing food too.
Dr. Craig, thanks for your comment. We hope to be successful in our quest for financial support.
Wonderful inputs even from the fans of your project. I think you’ve got this. Best wishes.
Every Ghanaian youth or adult will vote for this project because of the project objectives and the species being farmed. Share it via all platforms, you’ll more likes & comments to win
Akokono is a delicacy in some parts of Brong Ahafo region too. So you can consider that.
We’ve palm weevils in B’Faso too but we do not cultivate them. Eventually they just appear in the palm trees and we collect it
I’ve read about 67 projects on this platform. This one is quiet interesting
Green Africa Youth Organization, you guys are really interested in food security. I checked your blog and saw your #WorldFoodDay event. I hope you get this grant
All the best 😊
This can go continental. Its very good project. You’ve my support from Brazil. We are equatorial too and have some palm plantations
Amazing project for Ghana.
You’ve my support. I’ll register wordpress and like 👍
Best of Luck. May you win
Ghana needs more critical thinkers like you. Great idea
You’ve my support!
I wish I could see a better picture of the adult form. All the best
innovative.keep it up
Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.GOD bless you
We’ve Palm Weevils and we are going to feed impoverished communities with it and assist them to improve their economic status through insect farming. Thanks
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
Planet Earth is dying because of our unfriendly environmental and agricultural practices. Its about time we, the youth, rise and save the planet. Thanks, Kate. Inspirational comment
my best wishes dear
Insect meals are very nice. Africa must adopt it
Yeah, very nice. Africa will adopt it, one country at time. Thank you
Must read. It’s very feasible project
thumbs up for u
all the best
i pray you are selected
all the very best
amazing.all the best
you can do it.let it be done
proud of you
my best wishes
we are with you
it can be done.
Wonderful idea of food nutrition and employment.
i support your idea
I think you will win
great work.all the very best
Bien..u can do it
arise and shine
The animal looks like another larvae spp we feed on but I don’t think its palm weevil. Great concept – employment & food security
Good to know! Which country are you and can you get is the exact name of the organism. Thanks
envoice of GH
every youth should get on board
That will be great. More youth in #Agribusiness
there is hope
you are indeed a black star
a supportive project
lets all support this project
lets go GHANA
my thoughts are with you
an encouraging idea
i hope u come out on top
Ghana will surely succeed
go go high..jah is with you
keep on keeping on
GOD be with you and your idea
good project there
lets support such a good idea
i’M IN SUPPORT TOO
great minds in the country
#YouthInAgriculture Nice work
Hi Fanny, great to have your support. We miss working with you. How is Sweden?
congrats in advance…nice thinking
this is the future
yes its possible
nice and awesome
this is Ghana
lets grab it
onward we go
lets extend it to other countries
Thanks for the suggestion. It’s incorporated
bless you dear
sharp…lets do this
such a nice proposal
This is just amazing. I like the three main objectives that has been outlined in the proposal
Thanks for letting us know that. We appreciate your support
ak)kono at my doorstep…great idea. Goodluck!
Yes, Palm Weevils at your door step! You like the sound of that? I guess, YES!
This can attract World Food Programme. I hope you get the necessary support
Sounds amazing 🙂
I want to be part of your project. Its a very impactful
Please follow us on twitter @gayoghana. Thanks
I like the point of integrating palm wine rappers. May you win
I guess you meant ‘tappers’. Well, thanks for the support.
Palm Weevils reproduce fast. It’s a fine project
I pray you win. Nice project
Very environmental friendly. I researched into this species, they have low ecological footprint. I’m imagining this project going global
Douglas, you’ve good imagination. We will go global.
Yes! Lets fight food insecurity
If we don’t, who will? Lets do this for our children, grand children and future generations.
Boatemaa, you’ve done well. Congratulations 😤
Thanks, Bernice. We are almost at the end of the contest now
vim.All the best
go for gold
glad you have such an idea
keep it up
i am with you on this
you have done really well
you can do this
go girl.make us proud
GO FOR IT
YES IT CAN BE DONE
I would love to taste these. I pray you win.
never knew this can be done..kudos
unbelievable..i like it
OH YEAH? GOOD TO KNOW
i love everything i just read
I’m glad you do. Thanks
Made in GHANA
Your comment makes me envision a processed & packaged palm weevil product with a ‘made in Ghana’ sticker on it.
thumbs up for you
better one there
its never impossible..
the sky should be your limit
really nice work
believe in you
increase in food
food for the people
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Wishing you all the best for this new project! Keep up the great work for food security, economic empowerment of communities and the fight against climate change. Your project will contribute to many SDGs!
Yes yes! This contributes to SDGs
Friend from Paris, Cecile Pilot, thanks so much for sharing our proposal with your network. Green Africa Youth Org. appreciates your support.
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Great thinking. Guys, like and comment on this project
Thanks for the reblog
A very good project for Ghana
Youre doing great. All the best
Innovative research and solution provider
Thank you for your kind words.
Very feasible in Ghana. You should do this
We will do this!
Ghana needs this for environmental and socio-economic sustainability
Exactly Fredua. Thanks
Great proposal. I’m glad you’re doing this in Ghana
Good work done. This is an innovative research with enterprise thought
Yes, it is. Innovative research
This can cause massive turn around for this communities
You should win this! Great concept
Nice work. All the best
Palm Weevils is a delicacy in Ghana. This project is a great one
THIS PROJECT STANDS OUT
Well done, Ansah. Best of luck 🙂
Interesting piece. Nice proposal
This is very good for all rural communities in West Africa and beyond.
Good one here. This is very intellect, innovative and transformational. You’ve our support
Thank you for your support!
This is a very good project for Ghana
So nice to see this. Akokono is now famous, thanks to you!
Palm Weevils existed & were famous. We are only reviving their capacity to feed hungry homes. So thanks to you for the support
Boatemaa, youre doing well. Congrats
Creative and cost effective. May you win this grant for implementation
Cool. Great job
You should chew lots of insects. Its healthy
I guess you’re fan of insect diet. Thanks for the support.
Well, I think you should fund this project irrespective of number of comments/like. Its about the impact of $5,000 and this project can deliver that. Wishing your organization the best of luck!
Sure. With this grant we will have a very great impact on the agricultural trend of Ghana and the socio-economic status of many people.
Good project for village communities.
Africa should make this work for them. Because climate change isnt favoring their food system
Climate change is affecting the planet – every country inclusive. We all need to adopt eco-friendly & climate-smart food production systems. Thanks
Great Project. We will be very glad if you win this, Green Africa Youth Organization
Thank you. We hope for a successful outcome. Keep spreading the good news of insect farming to your network and communities.
Oh, really nice proposal youve got here. You will win
Vulnerable communities will benefit. I like your project
Wonderful work, young woman. This is really nice. Palm farmers are not IT oriented, they would have voted you in! Nice work
Lol. Then vote on their behalf. Share with your network and tell them to comment. Than you.
Great project. GFAR, kindly support this project. They deserve funding
Thank you for your support.
This spp can be farmed. Then Ghanaians will like it very much
Very true and not only Ghanaians, other nation as well.
Ok, this is very cool. I like the idea
All the best. I think you got this.Fingers crossed
Yep. Fingers crossed. 🙂
Boatemaa Ansah, I think you have a visionary proposal here. I support this project
We anticipate to run this project for a very long time until we go viral – global. We need this grant to kickstart
Palm Weevils reproduce very quick and therefore you can feed a lot of hungry families with this project. Nice
Best of Luck!
Happy to read about this. I dont know the animal but I think you guys like it very much. I will come and taste it someday
Hahaha. We will love that. Thanks
Great project, I fully support it.
If you win this you must work on more communities.
Well, we will see about that. Thanks for the suggestion.
Food security is a global challenge and your proposal offers a solution
Ghana needs this project to be implemented
Interesting project worth investing into
You did well by developing this project. Great
Thank you. We are committed to climate action, environmental protection and sustainable agriculture – food security.
I learnt these organisms have a lot of fat. Please if true, how can one get rid of its excess?
Adjeley they have fat but not excess. Our recipes takes care of the fat and makes sure the meal is healthy for daily consumption. Thank you
Very good project.
Competitive contest but this proposal deserve support. Good luck
This is actually an enterprise on its own if you implement it.