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nsenene market

nsenene market

Across Africa, more than 500 different species of insects are typical table fare, and, for many people, grasshoppers top the menu. Known as “nsenene” in Luganda, a common language in Uganda, the grasshoppers are often sold in markets such as this one in Nyendo, Masaka, Uganda. Pictured at center, in a light brown shirt, is James Peter Egonyu, Ph.D., a research scientist at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology’s Insects for Food, Feed and Other Uses Programme. Egonyu and a team of researchers have designed an improved trap for catching the wild grasshoppers that reduces nontarget bycatch, energy consumption, and use of hazardous materials. (Photo courtesy of James Peter Egonyu, Ph.D.)

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