2012-2013: Project on indigenous exploitation and the use of Augosoma centaurus as an alternative source of protein in Eastern Cameroon
Project financed by CIFOR, under the FTA-CGIAR fund
This project studied the socioeconomic contribution and the use of Augosoma centaurus (Dynastinae) as indigenous food in Eastern Cameroon. It was discovered within the course of this project that both the larvae and adult stages of this beetle are habitually consumed by natives of the Eastern region of Cameroon. In total, about 65% of consumers prefer consuming the adults, while 35% prefer consuming the larvae. However, when compared with other edible insect species, close to 39% of consumers preferred caterpillars and palm weevil grubs to Augosoma. Nonetheless, this beetle usually occurs at a period when other edible insects are not available, therefore constituting a good source of alternative protein in this region where poverty, poaching, and biodiversity erosion are still a major problem. Furthermore, the gathering of this beetle for food is equally a means of biological pest control of raffia plants and a tool to enhance community-based conservation of the areas global biodiversity.