Dr Chrysantus Tanga

Session: Alternative Protein Sources


Presentation: Development of insect proteins and utilisation as a feed in Africa



Dr Chrysantus M. Tanga is an Entomologist/Ecologist/IPM Specialist working with the Plant Health Division of the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe).

He develops temperature-based phenology models for important crop pests to improve implementation of IPM strategies for their management.

Currently, he is a scientist in the Insect for Food, Feed and Other Uses (INSEFF) program in icipe, where he coordinates a total of 5 projects.

Some key projects include:

  • Improving livelihood by increasing livestock production in Africa: An agribusiness model to commercially produce high quality insect-based protein ingredients for chicken, fish and pig industries (ILIPA)”;
  • Testing business models for scaling insect-based protein feed for use in poultry farming and aquaculture in Kenya (SiPFeed)
  • Insect feed for poultry, fish and pig production in Kenya and Uganda – Phase II in collaboration with partners from Africa, Europe, Canada and Australia. Experience in strategy document as well as standard and policy development.

He has over 8 years of experience in up-scaling and dissemination of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) technologies among smallholder growers in Southern, Western and Eastern Africa for key insect pests and diseases as well as insects for food and feed technologies.

Tanga holds a PhD Degree in Agricultural Entomology from the University of Pretoria, South Africa; BSc. in Zoology and an MSc. Degree in Entomology from the University of Buea, Cameroon.