Research program Project Wadudu Insect Center

Research program Project Wadudu Insect Center

The world of agriculture and food is constantly changing. The biggest issue worldwide is how to continue to feed the world’s population. The number of people is still growing worldwide. Forecasts indicate that in 2050 there will be 9 billion people compared to 7 billion now. Currently we already have a world food problem, which means that everyone in the world should have access to basic nutrition. In terms of usable area, the world is too small to feed the population now and in the future according to current systems and techniques.

There are many initiatives worldwide to “farm” more intensively. This can mean using knowledge in Africa to have a cow give 2000 liters of milk instead of 1000 liters. Or growing lettuce in storeys in the Netherlands using LED lighting, so that more production of one square meter can be achieved. One of the topics that is also looked at in the Western world is insects. Insects make it possible to produce high-quality raw materials such as protein, oil and chitin from residual flows.

In 2015, Janmar and Laura Katoele in Beilen and their team started a small insect nursery for research. In a year’s time they have built up a network among companies, governments and knowledge institutions that clearly shows that insects have a future in relation to the global food problem. Insect Nursery Katoele has now been strengthened as a partner by the arrival of Sieto van Houten and the name has become Wadudu. Wadudu means insect and that is what our business is all about.


The aim is to contribute to the production of sustainable food from poultry farming, which can reduce the CO2 footprint by making more use of regional sources. Step by step, we can work towards a circular economy in poultry farming through the use of insects. This allows the partners from Drenthe to strengthen its position and offer opportunities for others. The interest in insects for poultry is great, as shown by practical experiences of Wadudu in the past year. Partners expect to roll out a concept with the research program that can be used commercially within 3 years.


In the coming years, the insect center will set up various research and practice programs from Beilen, whereby knowledge sharing is a goal, but also a larger production nursery in the long term

Employment opportunities

In addition to the effects for agribusiness, there is also an effect for employment. Because insects still require a lot of work, Wadudu has agreements with the municipality of Midden Drenthe for the deployment of people with a distance to the labor market. These people are ideally suited to perform the daily activities in the nursery. The first people have now completed a work experience position and / or taken up a position within the Wadudu organization.

Duration: January 9, 2017 to December 30, 2020

This project was made possible in part by the Province of Drenthe.