Khepri Mobile Bioconversion Units

Modular bioconversion unit that processes food processing waste onsite using insects to produce, animal feed and antimicrobial proteins.

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  • Yes, I'm eligible

Preferred language

  • English

Organization name

Khepri Innovations

Year founded


Initiative stage

  • Growth (the pilot has already launched and is starting to expand)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $50k - $100k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 10 - 50

Organization type

  • Social enterprise

Secondary Focus Area

  • Water
  • Rural development
  • Nutrition

Headquarters location: Country

  • South Africa

Headquarters location: City

Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa

Location(s) of impact

South Africa : Krugersdorp, Johannesburg Mozambique: Maputo


Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

In South Africa we have 700 000 tons feed protein deficit and this is satisfied through soya and fish meal. These are all imported products and with the 7% year on year increase in meat production and a predicted crash of fisheries in 30 years we need to find a solution that will ensure food sustainability and job retention. This food production produces 12 million tons of food waste a year which is dumped in landfill sites where it rots unused

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

We have developed these proprietary onsite modular bioconversion units that use the discarded production waste and convert it into animal feed protein using black soldier fly larvae. This will decouple food production from imports and drive feed prices lower ensuring feed self sufficiency for poor communities. These units can be placed on site creating jobs in rural communities and ensuring protection of fisheries for over exploitation, water systems from being polluted by landfill seepage and reducing the carbon emissions caused by moving products across the ocean.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

Our social model will create 6000 jobs for women, 90 Job opportunities from our franchise model for youth and disabled people. It will drive the feed production price down by 35% ensuring a competitive animal farming industry. We will produce 50 000 tons of insect based protein a month reducing the need to import fish and soya meal. This will reduce carbon emissions and reduce the overfishing of the oceans.

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

The initiative is sustained through development grants and product sales currently. We want to grow our production and impact through product sales in Southern Africa and technology licensing in other regions.

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

Our solution is based on unique patented technology, it is a social enterprise that is decentralised

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

Khepri was started after a discussion with an abattoir owner in 2013 where the owner expressed a need for a solution for his waste problems. Bandile Dlabantu took this as a challenge and using his knowledge as a microbiologist and entomologist, he test-reared a batch of flies on the waste. The flies in their life cycle produced maggots which were then dried to form a proteinrich livestock feed for cattle, pigs, and poultry. With over 500 registered abattoirs in South Africa and most of them slaughtering daily, the opportunities for this type of agri-processing using natural bioconversion methods are enormous. The rest of Africa also presents similar opportunities.

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Photo of Victoria De La Mora

Well done Bandile. The idea is good and it looks like you have a lot of experience in the field. However, It will help us if you describe the impact that you have already achieved and not only what you are planning to reach.