Fighting Poverty With Butterflies


Butterfly farming is proving to be a lucrative market as it supplements the income of many needy households, while also benefiting the environment.

Tanzania: Charaxes brutus natalensis in Dar es Salaam.

  • Tanzania:  Fighting Poverty With Butterflies

    The Citizen, 4 February 2012

    When one thinks of farming, butterflies are not the first commodity that comes to mind. But in Tanzania, this unlikely crop is cultivated to help conserve threatened forests and ... read more »

  • Kenya:  Farming Butterflies Puts Food on the Table

    Inter Press Service, 24 April 2010

    For 10 years, Roselyne Shikami, sold boiled eggs at the bus station just outside the densely wooded Kakamega Forest in western Kenya, near the border with Uganda. Now she is ... read more »

  • Kenya:  Butterflies Usher in Colourful Era of Prosperity for Farmers

    The Nation, 1 April 2008

    The fortunes of more than 900 farmers in Taita-Taveta are set to change for the better, thanks to a rare farming venture they have adopted. read more »

  • Kenya:  How Butterfly Farming is Saving Endangered Kenyan Coastal Forest

    The East African, 8 September 2003

    Although Kipepeo Farm cannot export a large proportion of the butterflies it produces, the increased numbers of the insect species has opened up opportunities for nature tourism, ... read more »

  • Kenya:  Farmers Earn Sh8.3 Million From Butterfly Farming

    The Nation, 17 February 2001

    Butterfly farming has earned Malindi and Kilifi farmers more than Sh8.3 million, according to a report obtained by the Nation yesterday. read more »

  • Tanzania:  Butterfly Decrease Threatens Project

    The Citizen, 28 September 2009

    A researcher with the East Usambara-based Butterfly Rearing project in Muheza District, has warned over the decrease in number of some popular butterfly species used in the ... read more »