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New cost-effective and better fish feeds made from maggots and Aquatic Plant.

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

NovFeed (T) Limited

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Small company (under 50 employees)

If part of a multi-stakeholder entity (i.e. team), provide the names of other organizations and types of stakeholders collaborating with you.

Chemonics International ( provided us with Grant of US$5000 and USD$10,000 in kind contribution for include exploring access to new markets, assisting with internal operations and financial structures, and providing technical expertise to further guide solution development and UNLEASH ( continue support on mentoring and link us with their partners.

Website of Legally Registered Entity

How long have you / your team been working on this Vision?

  • 1-3 years

Lead Applicant: In what city or town are you located?

Dar Es Salaam

Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?


Your Selected Place: what’s the name of the Place you’re developing a Vision for?

Dar es salaam area is 538 square miles (1,393 square kilometers), making the population density 8,100 people per square mile (3,100 per sq)

What country is your selected Place located in?


Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

Dar Es Salaam city continues to be the biggest city in Tanzania and food waste is a pressing challenge in Dar Es Salaam, comprising 40% of the total waste in the country. The majority of this waste (as much as 4,000 tons per day) is dumped in open landfills. Being residents in the area, the founders mastered the task to be part of innovative solution and offer sustainable alternative for food waste. We use the larvae of BSF fly to recycle nutrients in food waste and become the protein content for making complete fish feed while making our city clean and help fish farmers to have access to quality fish feeds which reduce fish production cost for aquaculture to supply the population growing demand for fish as food to fill the gap in declining yield from capture fisheries, but through our affordable feed, less competitive and low cost value but with replaceable capacity for fish meal with the aim of making fish to attain table size at reduced culture time at minimum production cost

Describe the People and Place: Provide information that would be helpful for an outsider who has never been there and may have no context about this Place to better understand the area.

Dar es Salaam is a city located in  Tanzania and was formerly known as Mzizima. It was once the capital city until 1974, when Dodoma was named as the capital. However, today, Dar es Salaam remains the largest city in Tanzania in terms of population. In fact, its population is the largest in all of East  Africa. The total population of Dar es Salaam is over 4.3 million. it's still the commercial hub and the seat of some government agencies. The city’s land area is 538 square miles (1,393 square kilometers), making the population density 8,100 people per square mile (3,100 per square kilometer). most of the people in this area are employed in formal sectors and focus more on urban farming and fish farming on cemented ponds.

What is the approximate size of your Place, in square kilometers? (New question, not required)


What is the estimated population (current 2020) in your Place?


Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.

The annual fish consumption in Tanzanian is estimated at 7-8 kg per capita, being much lower than the global average consumption of 20 kg per year, indicating the large market potential. With an estimated fish demand deficit of 480,000 tons per annum representing both a food security issue but at the same time an economic opportunity for locally farmed fish. Fish farmers see the potential of fish farming, but are unable/unwilling to invest since they know the current bottlenecks prevent their business from being profitable. Most fish feed made from ocean­ caught fish such as sardines, herring, and anchovies, which are then manufactured into a protein base called fish-meal which account over 70% of total fish production cost. Despite of several company focused on production of fish feed and finding protein replacements, there is no dramatic breakthrough that been reported and share of fish meal and soy bean meal used in aquaculture is increasing and fish feed price continue to rise hence protein source of today mainly from soy and fish meal cannot cover tomorrow demand. There is an evident and urgent need for a more sustainable and nutritious form of fish feed.

Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.

NovFeed has mastered the task to produce, process and formulate new cost-effective fish feeds based on indigenous, locally produced and sustainable ingredients such as aquatic plants and maggots. This is alternatives Novel indigenous non-conventional feed ingredients which are potential rich source of nutrients for aqua-feed, with the aim to  increase competition for fish feed thereby reducing cost by 30%  and increasing accessibility with the goal of making fish more affordable as healthy food source.

High Level Vision: With these challenges addressed, now provide a high level description of how the Place and the lives of its People will be different than they are now.

The innovation will benefit Tanzanian fish farmers by reducing fish farming production cost by 30% hence sell fish in reasonable price that is affordable to community this will impact SDG2. Zero hunger and targeting several indicators e.g. 2.1.1: Prevalence of undernourishment 2.1.2: Prevalence of moderate or severe food insecurity in the population, based on the Food Insecurity Experience Scale and through fish feed production and fish farming will create quality jobs to women and youth this addresses SDG8 of “promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth” by including women and youth in our business, which targets several indicators, such as 8.5 and 8.6. We also offer sustainable alternative for domestic and industrial organic waste disposal  which align with SDG 12 which is “to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns”

Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?

Our high quality  fish feed is 30% cheaper than current on the market, fish farmers will increase fish production and their profitability by 40%, and reduce fish price by 20% these will increase accessibility and making fish more affordable as healthy food source to our community, tons of organic waste will be diverted from being burned or dumped and transformed into maggots and compost this will not only provide community with clean environment but also mitigating $2500 /ton of waste worth of social and environmental damage and provide both direct and Indirect employment of young people and women.

How did you hear about the Food System Vision Prize?

  • Opportunity Desk Website

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Hi Otaigo Elisha great to see you joining the Prize!

We noticed your submission is currently unpublished. Was this your intention? We'd love to have your submission included in the Prize. Even if you've not started populating your Vision just yet, by publishing your submission you can make it public for other teams in your region to see, get in touch and possibly even collaborate with you.

You can publish it by hitting the "Publish" button at the top of your post. You can also update your Vision at any time before 31 January 2020 by clicking on the "Edit Contribution" on top. If you need inspiration or guidance, take a look at the Food Vision Prize Toolkit. linked here:

Look forward to seeing your Vision evolve through the coming weeks.