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Waste To Value

Problems that Chanzi is tackling

Ecosystem Destruction

With a single Chanzi site, we have the capacity to have over 4,800 hectares of land under sustainable management. By developing greater demand for BSF larvae, a single site will help to protect over 2.4 metric tonnes of wild fish a day. When Chanzi reaches a total of 47 sites, these respective figures will increase to over 344,000 hectares and 171 metric tonnes of fish a day respectively.

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With our first site, Chanzi has employed 23 staff, of which youth make up 90% and females specifically make up 50%, emphasising our commitment to SDG5. Our first site has also developed 100 new jobs outside of our payroll which is helping to tackle SDG1.


A single Chanzi site is avoiding producing 0.4 metric tonnes of methane per day, 9.4 metric tonnes of CO2 per day, all of which is equivalent to taking off 642 cars off our roads. SDGs 11-13 are core to this impact that we are delivering.


Chanzi’s current site has the capacity of 49,000 trees with regards to emissions removal from the air. Additionally, BSF farming demands 671 acres less than soya farming to produce an equivalent amount of protein per year. This allows Chanzi to make significant contributions to SDG15 by limiting our encroachment on the environment as well as our geographical footprint in any one location.


One of Chanzi’s products is frass. 50% of our frass currently goes to smallholder farmers, who largely operate production on a subsistence level. This will help to ensure higher crop yields when the frass is used and thus enable farmers to have more produce for consumption but also for sale as a source of income. From our first site, there are 2,813 farmers benefitting from a supply of frass. Our support of smallholder farmers with frass contributes to SDGs 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 10, 12 and 15.

Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs)

SDG 1 at Chanzi

Chanzi's job creation both in and outside of our payroll is helping to ensure we are equipping local communities with capital to develop local economies. 

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SDG 2 at Chanzi

Our frass product offering is helping to ensure that farmers we supply are able to produce higher yields for their families and the wider community.

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SDG 3 at Chanzi

Our two offerings, larvae and frass, work to deliver more nutrient rich diets for those consuming agricultural products (frass) and animal products (larvae).

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SDG 4 at Chanzi

As a company, ensuring local communities are educated about sustainability and BSF  is core to our philosophy.

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SDG 5 at Chanzi

50% of our employees are female and our first site manager is female. We are committed as a company to ensuring gender equality across our operations.

SDG 6 at Chanzi

Through community engagement we improve sanitation, waste disposal and waste collection in East African cities by collecting food waste from source.

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SDG 7 at Chanzi

Biochar is a new product at Chanzi. This sustainable fuel offers a cheaper and environmentally friendly alternative to gas, firewood and other forms of fuel.

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SDG 8 at Chanzi

Chanzi's model works to employ local talent across our farms. By doing so, we are developing jobs and channelling capital into communities.

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SDG 9 at Chanzi

New innovations such as biochar and biogas, as well as sustainable, on-site infrastructure are core contributors to innovation at Chanzi.

SDG 10 at Chanzi

With each site employing over 20 staff and creating an additional 100 jobs, we are ensuring that communities are offered new income streams.

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SDG 11 at Chanzi

We profitably up-cycle waste from communities instead of the waste being discarded in open-air dumps or landfills, polluting water sources and impacting public health.

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SDG 17 at Chanzi

Having partnered with major organisations such as the WWF, we are committed to ensuring our partnerships are contributing to sustainable innovations and practices.

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SDG 12 at Chanzi

The food industry accounts for ¼ of global greenhouse gas emissions. We believe we both mitigate harmful environmental impacts and push for a net positive effect.

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SDG 13 at Chanzi

At Chanzi we are reducing greenhouse gas emissions but also offering sustainable alternative fuel sources such as biogas and biochar.

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SDG 14 at Chanzi

37% of fish we catch globally goes into animal feed. By using insects instead, we will curb rampant overfishing of our rivers, lakes and oceans.

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SDG 15 at Chanzi

BSF can produce 2500 times more protein per acre per year than soya, using far less water, meaning far less land and resources are needed to feed our growing population.

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