Mopani worms and the environment
Mopani worms aren’t only good as nutrition, but are key to keeping the ecological balance in their environment.
They’re especially important because they help tree foliage regenerate, which in turn, provides food for browsing animals during the winter. By transforming plant matter into nutrients, they are an important food source for the animals and other plants.
Mopani worms play an important part in the economy and livelihood of the communities who depend on them for food and trade. They’re a seasonally abundant harvest that provided essential nutrition during times of drought and during the winter months.
Sadly, the Mopani forests where they live are shrinking. As a result, the harvests of Mopani worms have been decreasing and the local communities suffering. Matomani is committed to sustainable harvesting and the conservation of Maponi worms.