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Ghosh S, Tchibozo S, Lanmantchion E, Meyer-Rochow VB and Jung C (2021) Observations on How People in Two Locations of the Plateau Département of Southeast Benin Perceive Entomophagy: A Study From West Africa. Front. Nutr. 8:637385. doi: 10.3389/fnut.2021.637385

Observations on how people in two locations of the plateau département of Southeast Benin perceive entomophagy : a study from West Africa

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Author: Ghosh, Sampat1; Tchibozo, Séverin2; Lanmantchion, Euloge2;
Organizations: 1Agriculture Science and Technology Research Institute, Andong National University, Andong, South Korea
2Centre de Recherche pour la Gestion de la Biodiversité, Cotonou, Benin
3Department of Ecology and Genetics, Oulu University, Oulu, Finland
4Department of Plant Medicals, Andong National University, Andong, South Korea
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Language: English
Published: Frontiers Media, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-05-18


We surveyed the local populations of Kétou and Pobè in Southeast Benin through interviews and with the aid of a semi-structured questionnaire in order to understand how they currently perceive entomophagy, an age-old tradition in their communities. The study revealed that the majority of the population was familiar with the use of insects as food, and a sizable number of people were still interested in insect consumption. Gender differences were not apparent. Tradition or culture was identified as the most influential factor, followed by taste, as determinants for eating or rejecting insects. However, identifying the edible species and comparing practices how they were prepared for consumption, we found that the knowledge was not homogenous across the society of Benin, with differences depending on ethnicity, culture, respondent’s age, and educational background. Awareness and promotion of food insects in the society should help to preserve the practice of entomophagy and in turn could lead to the provision of much needed nutritional supplements to the poorer and disadvantaged sections of the society.

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Series: Frontiers in nutrition
ISSN: 2296-861X
ISSN-E: 2296-861X
ISSN-L: 2296-861X
Volume: 8
Article number: 637385
DOI: 10.3389/fnut.2021.637385
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
Funding: This study was partially supported by the BSRP through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF), Ministry of Education (NRF-2018R1A6A1A03024862).
Copyright information: © 2021 Ghosh, Tchibozo, Lanmantchion, Meyer-Rochow and Jung. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.