Our Vision

MIGHTi aims to use robust, interdisciplinary research to investigate the role of edible insects in sustainable food systems and global health. Our vision is to generate applied research on edible insects with practical and policy implications that will ultimately improve lives and protect environmental resources.

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Low Emissions

Compared with beef cattle or pigs, crickets, locusts, and mealworms have greenhouse gas emissions that are lower by a factor of about 100.


It may be feasible to farm some insects using low-tech, inexpensive kits made from locally available, accessible materials. MIGHTi is investigating this.

Economic Engine

Edible insect farming is an important income-generating activity in parts of Asia, and MIGHTi aims to see if it can be implemented in sub-Saharan Africa.

Nutrient Dense

Edible insects are high in protein, as well as rich in vitamins, minerals, and healthy fatty acids that are important for human health and development.




At MIGHTi, we seek to conduct participatory research and engage partners throughout the project to drive forward collaboratively.


MIGHTi is committed to leveraging climate smart, innovative methods to support sustainable agriculture and insect farming, boost livelihoods, and promote health.

Gender Sensitive

Most agricultural labor in developing countries is performed by women. MIGHTi seeks to engage women in research and future projects, using insect rearing as a means to empower and support women farmers.

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~2 billion

People Eat Insects

130 +


2100 +

Known Edible Species

90 % +

Lower GHG Emissions

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Swarm To Table Event Series

By Swarm to Table on March 2, 2019

How Insects Could Help Solve Global Food Challenges

By Milwaukee Public Radio on August 23, 2017