They may not be on the everyday menu just yet
But in Uganda, maggots are increasingly part of the food chain.
At this farm near the capital Kampala, larvae are being grown to feed livestock.
And it's fair to say the results offer some food for thought.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) FARMER, DR. EMMA NALUYIMA, SAYING:
"Our target weight for the fish is one kilo in six months but surprisingly when we feed the maggots and earthworms to the fish, in four months we have a kilo. So we have reduced our costs of production in terms of money and even in terms of time so we reach market weight very early."
It's the same thing with chickens.
When the birds eat insects, their growth rate increases by 50 percent.
It costs farmers here about 100 dollars to start breeding the maggots
but the result is a 75 percent saving on animal feed.
Another benefit is space.
Joan Nakiyemba has been training farmers to breed insects for five years.
All she needs is a small compost bed where soldier flies can lay their eggs.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) INSECT BREEDER, JOAN NAKIYEMBA SAYING:
"They will never lay their eggs on bare ground. They have to lay somewhere they are sure that -- the moment my young ones come out, it will have food to feed on. So that is the reason why I put these cardboards in rotting matter to entice this fly to come and lay eggs."
Livestock production accounts for 70 percent of all agricultural land.
And it's seen by the UN as a leading cause of environmental problems.
With human consumption of meat tipped to soar, it's hoped initiatives like this will provide some wriggle-room.