Hult Prize: Ending Hunger, One Cricket at a Time


If I broke the news to you that MBA students tend to be highly competitive individuals, you may not be too surprised. The Pope is, also, apparently Catholic, and all politicians are credible and reliable.

Moreover, the solutions are a world away from ideas usually generated on business school campuses. For example, one of the global finalist teams, from the Desautels Faculty at Canada’s McGill University, is championing the common cricket as a safe, affordable, and accessible foodstuff for the more than 200 million people who currently live in urban slums - clever, yet simple, and using a commodity easily available to the target consumer group. In the Confucian spirit of "teach a man to fish...," they  have developed a kit that allows people to grow crickets for consumption and sell whatever is left over back to the McGill team. This provides slum dwellers with food and much-needed income.

Read full article: Businessweek, March 25, 2013