Mopane Worm Farm

Mopane worm products as protein alternatives against food insecurity
2021 SEED Climate Adaptation Award Sustainable Agriculture Palapye, Botswana

Through a B2B model, Mopane Worm Farm sells phane products to food processing companies, individuals, restaurants and community enterprises in the phane business. The products are cheaper, highly nutritious, tasty, readily available and eco-friendly compared to other alternative protein options.

Mopane Worm Farm reaches out to their customers through Facebook as the main marketing channel and sells to directly to households through arranged delivery services. The enterprise makes money through sales of phane products with a focus on dried and minced phane.

Eco-inclusive Impacts

Mopane Worm Farm provides communities with an affordable, alternative insect protein source over meat, strengthening local climate resilience through enhanced food security, job creation and more efficient resource use.
  • Providing access to highly nutritious protein products to over 58% of households in the local community
  • Improving the standard of living of vulnerable groups in the communities
  • Creating employment opportunities in the value and supply chain
  • Reducing 97% water use compared to meat farming with optimised processing methods and adopting hydroponics
  • Converting 100% of phane droppings into charcoal briquettes and biogas
  • Reusing water from processing in our rearing farms and using phane waste to produce clean energy
  • Supporting local businesses by outsourcing 100% of outsourced operations to locals in communities the enterprise operates in
  • Operating profits of 26% from margin
  • Created over 40 direct and indirect sustainable jobs for local communities


This enterprise is supported through its partnerships with various stakeholders, ranging from national and international organisations, investors, research institutes, suppliers, governmental bodies, NGOs, other social and environmental enterprises and more.

Botswana International University of Science and Technology facilitates research through provision of laboratories, equipment and technical expertise.


These Hands supplies the enterprise with equipment, while research and technical services are offered by BIUST among other key partners.

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