Our Vision

MIGHTi aims to use robust, interdisciplinary research to investigate ways edible insects can contribute to sustainable food security and improved health and well-being globally. Our vision is to generate applied research on edible insects that has the potential to improve lives and protect our precious 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 +


1900 +

Known Edible Species

90 % +

Lower GHG Emissions


Voices talking about MIGHTi

  • The MIGHTi team delivered an impressive combination of creativity and practicality. These two young women have done an amazing job of designing a solution that has both immediate use in developing communities abroad and intriguing potential right here at home.

    Craig Benson - UW Madison Director of Sustainability Research and Education

  • With the help of $25,000 in prize money from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation’s annual Agricultural Innovation Prize, Bergmans and Stull have begun to establish a presence in Zambia, where they plan to distribute their kits along with microfinancing opportunities for insect farming to rural women’s cooperatives.

    UW Madison News

  • A special congratulations to the MIGHTi team for their winning idea – it truly demonstrates the power of the Wisconsin Idea to reach beyond campus and engage partners across the world to develop climate change solutions.

    Darin Harris - Climate Quest Competition Project Lead

Work With Us

MIGHTi is committed to furthering the mission of contributing to a just, sustainable and food secure world through the promotion and development of entomophagy. The movement is accelerating!

Insects Around the World

About 80% of the the world’s populations eat insects - but in the west, we still are culturally unaccustomed to the practice. Insects are tasty, nutritious and sustainable. They can even be consumed as a protein powder!

latest news


How Insects Could Help Solve Global Food Challenges

By Milwaukee Public Radio on August 23, 2017