In order to quantify and maximize our work in Cambodia, Angka Changrit Kampuchea (ACK) is focused on these areas:

  • Availability of nutritious food for thousands of people in Cambodia
  • Alleviation of hunger and improvement in health
  • Acceleration of local entrepreneurship
  • Employment and income generation for hundreds of farmers and co-workers at processing centers
  • A reduced environmental load compared to other protein/meat production, less waste, energy, greenhouse gas and space

To achieve our goals, ACK focuses on five different areas (click to read more):

  1. Rearing (Cricket Farming)
  2. Processing and product development
  3. Marketing
  4. Value chain development

1. Rearing

The focus of ACK is on a low cost, easily replicable and scalable production system for the optimal rearing of healthy crickets for food. The production system is sustainable, cost effective and safe to run by farmers.

Production will be tested in pilot farms and replicated in the upscaling phase of the project. To set up the rearing, a place for the crickets to grow, needs to be selected as well as the optimal feeding and caring practices need to be observed.

Farmers who join the project receive training with a background on crickets and basic theoretical knowledge on rearing best practices. In the training, there is plenty of time for hands-on experience. The trainers are experienced in education for adults.

Once the farmers are rearing, trainers are visiting regularly to solve the arising problems. Furthermore, a learning alliance is set-up to share information.

2. Processing and Product Development

A separately established social enterprise will purchase and process all excess crickets to increase shelf life and make the crickets more attractive to the a larger segment of customers.  

The dried and processed crickets will generate products like cricket flour (to be used in a variety of cooking applications or infant formulas), cricket curries, soups, etc.

3. Marketing

While a large number of crickets are consumed on a daily in Cambodia, many consumers are completely unaware of their remarkable health benefits.  

Going forward ACK will also work with local partners to begin a general grassroots cricket nutrition awareness campaign.  ACK is working with market research partners to develop a matching marketing strategy investing the scalable market potential for value added products such as dried and powdered crickets.

Local market analysis, consumer surveys and identification of stakeholders play a central role. With this information, a marketing strategy as well as an optimal production and distribution network will be set up.

Angka Changrit Kampuchea will improve whole value chain from farmer to consumer. Co-creation workshops with stakeholders, farmers, processors, entrepreneurs, sellers and consumers will ensure an optimal entrepreneurial network is set-up with ACK knowledge centres Cambodia.  

These will anchor knowledge gained. The knowledge centres will provide information and procedures on rearing, processing and business development.

4. Value Chain Development

Angka Changrit Kampuchea’s goal in 2020 is to facilitate hundreds of farmers rearing crickets in Cambodia, realizing several hundred thousand servings of crickets per month for a large community of consumers.

This is done gradually, starting with a limited number of farmers and incorporating their experiences in consecutive unrolling to larger numbers. In that respect it is very important to keep track on progress, production and experiences gained by the first farmers.

Another important aspect of this part of the project is the training modules. Trainings are developed for all parts of the value chain, to help all aspects get up to speed as efficiently as possible.

Regional cricket knowledge centers in Cambodia will guarantee knowledge transfer and stimulate further dissemination of cricket production for nutritious food for low income consumers and commercial processing centers, inside and outside of Cambodia.  

The crickets will be eaten whole, but also dried and ground into a flour to serve as an ingredient for new food products currently unavailable locally such as cricket noodles, soups, savory cakes, curry powder, and more.

The inclusive business model of ACK allows people with the lowest income within the regions to be actively involved as producer, salesforce or consumers. This enables them to benefit from the economic development while simultaneously improving local food systems.

Soon Angka Changrit Kampuchea will be helping hundreds of farmers in rearing crickets, in turn providing them with additional income. Processing centers will be set up and several hundred thousand servings of crickets will be brought to market annually by a large community of low income consumers.