West African Feeds
Rose Oduro Serwaa is a budding social entrepreneur and founder of West African Feeds. – a Ghanaian based insect-based feed production firm. In 2017, she started her own social enterprise called the Black Paradigm Foundation, a local non-profit, geared towards promoting early childhood education, financial literacy and self-development. In 2018, she founded West African Feeds, a startup focusing on recycling organic waste into agri-feeds for small scale poultry and fish farmers.
West African Feeds specializes in producing low-cost, high-protein feed base made from insects, which serves as an affordable yet equally nutritious alternative to fish-meal used in typical protein base poultry/fish feeds. At West African Feeds, we grow, harvest, and process black soldier fly (BSF) larvae into protein cakes, targeting small-scale seafood and poultry farmers. By implementing the principles of the circular economy, we recycle food waste from restaurants, breweries, and market centers into organic material for BSF larvae production. The BSF larvae are then harvested and sold to feed millers as a low-cost, sustainable, high-quality protein alternative to environmentally unsustainable fishmeal. BSF excrement is also packaged into briquettes, as a sustainable alternative to woodfuel and is also packaged as organic fertilizer for small-scale horticulturists and farming collectives. With the current analysis of the fish industry trends, we believe a combination of eco-friendly, low-cost and innovative models of animal feed production is necessary to reduce the cost barriers as well as further support the growth of Ghana’s aquaculture and poultry industry. Our mission is to scale up the poultry and aquaculture feed sectors in Ghana to introduce regenerative, cost-friendly and environmentally sustainable models of organic feed production.