Discover the portrait of the EBYAM Farm and its promoter, Mrs Natasha AMON, winner of the Contribution to Sustainable Development award, at the pitch competition organised as a prelude to the EIB Academy for SME Banking and Microfinance on 13 and 14 September 2023 in Abidjan!
Producing more larvae to feed its farmed fish is the essence of the EBYAM Farm project that Ms Natacha AMON submitted to the jury at the pitch competition organised as a prelude to the EIB Academy for SME Banking and Microfinance on 13 and 14 September 2023 in Abidjan. Intriguing, isn’t it?
Born into a family of fishermen, Ms AMON gave free rein to her passion and became involved in aquaculture in 2017 after starting her career in finance and accounting. She very quickly came up against the constraints associated with the high cost and limited availability of fish feed. The search for a local substitute led her to discover insect larvae, already used in other parts of the world.
The company decided to start growing insects to guarantee the continuous supply of food for its livestock, and the virtuous circle began! Organic waste is recovered and recycled to produce a high-quality animal protein, insect larvae, as well as a co-product in the form of fertiliser for agriculture. EBYAM supplies this by-product to farmers to enrich the soil, but has also built up a network of local farms and cooperatives to which it sells insect larvae and buys back their fish production. In this way, it is enriching the variety of aquaculture products it offers on the Ivorian market.
Thanks to the award of the Contribution to Sustainable Development , sponsored by Advans Côte d’Ivoire, EBYAM Farm aims to acquire the equipment it needs to increase its production and continue to develop an innovative approach to aquaculture that contributes to respect for the environment.