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Creation date: 2019

Country: Colombia

Location: Bogotá

Sector of activity: Agriculture, livestock, forestry and fishing · Energy, utilities and environment · Food and drinks

Social issue: Diversity (people in state of exclusion, minorities and people with disabilities) · Environment and rural settings

Arthrofood is a Colombian venture that is committed to fighting global warming, biodiversity loss, deforestation, food security and supporting the empowerment of rural women through the production of innovative foods whose main ingredient is insects.

Arthrofood's activity is focused on the production of insects as a protein alternative whose production significantly reduces the use of natural resources such as water, space, food and greenhouse gas emissions compared to either red or white meat. In addition, its activity seeks to benefit a specific sector of the population: "Together with the Universidad de la Sabana and the Universidad Nacional de Colombia (National University of Colombia), we are working for the empowerment of rural women and victims of the armed conflict through entrepreneurship workshops and training in the production of insects to turn them into micro-entrepreneurs and owners of cricket farms that supply Arthrofood," explains the president, Diego Cruz.

This company aims to scale its business and reach more markets: "We are working with Procolombia on a strategy for entering international markets. If this strategy is successful we will be able to multiply our social impact indicators quite significantly," says Diego. "Our goal is to be a real solution to the lack of opportunities for rural women and child malnutrition."