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Edible insects and Food security in DR Congo – Papy Nsevolo Miankeba, – Rudy Caparros Megido, – Christophe Blecker, – Sabine Danthine, – Paul Aman, – Eric.

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1 Edible insects and Food security in DR Congo – Papy Nsevolo Miankeba, – Rudy Caparros Megido, – Christophe Blecker, – Sabine Danthine, – Paul Aman, – Eric Haubruge, – Taofic Alabi, – Frederic Francis 1

2 1. Edible insects biodiversity : Four main orders of edible insects Orthoptera (17.6%) Coleoptera (9.7%) Lepidoptera (46.7%) Isoptera (18.6%) 2

3 2.1. Interest 1: contribution to poverty alleviation The Key people who market insects as food are mostly women ; The income generated contributes to the well being of households; Empowerment of women. 2. Interests 3

4 2.2. Interest 2: contribution to food security o 80% of the population eat at least one specie of insects 5 days per month; o The main reason of eating insects is the intake of protein and fat. 4

5 2.3. Interest 3: contribution to preserving biodiversity and human health Insect species are really abundant and some (in particular caterpillars) could be considered as pests; Eating insects help reduce pressure on busmeat and footprint due to intensive livestock; No diseases transmissible to humans (so far). 5

6 3.1. Issues 1: No rigorous taxonomic matching - need of tools and applications 3. Issues 6

7 There is a mine of data but scientists need training to standards and digitization tools and methods 3.2. Technology and Training gap but urgency of sharing bio-data 7

8 3.3. Risk on threatened insect species or species eaten to extinction Need of highly visual tools to identify them 8

9 4.1. International collaboration (with RMCA, GBIF, …) is very Helpful 9

10 4.1 The standards and workflow of TDWG are fruitful : please keep it on mind ! 10

11 Acknowledgments And thank you all for your kind attention! 11


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