Department of Food Science and Nutrition


  1. Nutritional impact of agricultural diversification in Zambia: exploring linkages between agricultural diversification, household dietary diversity and child nutritional status. funded by BMGF through the Agricultural Economics Research Consortium (AERC); July 2017 – 2019.
  2. Food security in rural Zambia: Integrating traditional fruit and vegetable crops in smallholder agroforestry systems. Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL); January 2017 – April 2020.
  3. Gendered impacts of input subsidy policies on household crop diversity and food security: evidence from Zambia. Funded by: African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), March 2018 – 2019.
  4. Development of Cowpea Based Complementary Foods to Contribute to Household Nutrition Security in Siavonga, Lundazi and Lilongwe; Project funded by the Agricultural Productivity programme for Southern Africa (APPSA).
  5. The influence of the variety and environment activities in Zambia and Mozambique, an Agricultural Productivity Programme for Southern Africa (APPSA), a funding initiative from the World Bank.
  6. Enhancing utilization and marketability of groundnuts/bambara nuts through processing and improved post-harvest practices in Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique, an Agricultural Productivity Programme for Southern Africa (APPSA), a funding initiative from the World Bank. 


  1. Ojwang, Leonnard O., Nivedita Banerjee, Giuliana D. Noratto, Gabriela Angel-Morales, Twambo Hachibamba, Joseph M. Awika, and Susanne U. Mertens-Talcott. Polyphenolic extracts from cowpea (Vigna unguiculata) protect colonic myofibroblasts (CCD18Co cells) from lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced inflammation–modulation of microRNA 126." Food and function (2014). 
  2. Hachibamba, T., Dykes, L., Awika, J., Minnaar, A., and Duodu, K.G. (2013), Effect of simulated gastrointestinal digestion on phenolic composition and antioxidant capacity of cooked cowpea (Vigna unguiculata) varieties, International Journal of Food Science and Technology. 48, pp 2638 – 2649
  3. Nyau V., Hikeezi D., and Hachibamba T., Potential Food Safety hazards associated with process steps in the manufacture of Gouda cheese in Zambia (2009), Zambia Journal of Agricultural Sciences (2010). 
  4. Audain KA, Carr M, Dikmen D, Zotor F, Ellahi B (2017) Exploring the health status of older persons in Sub-Saharan Africa. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society. May 10:1-6. doi: 10.1017/S0029665117000398 
  5. Audain KA, Veldman FJ, Kassier SM (2015) A Comparative Analysis of nutrition status in Adolescents from an Urban versus a Peri-urban School, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.  Central African Journal of Public Health; 1(2): 21-27. doi: 10.11648/j.cajph.20150102.12 
  6. Audain KA, Zotor FB, Amuna P, Ellahi B (2015) Food Supplementation among HIV infected adults in Sub-Saharan Africa: impact on treatment adherence and weight gain. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society; 12: 1-9
  7. Audain KA, Veldman FJ, Kassier SM (2014) Adolescent Food Frequency and Socioeconomic Status in a Private Urban and Peri-urban School in Hilton, KwaZulu-Natal. South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition; 27(4):201-207
  8. Himoonga Bernard Moonga, Sijmen Schoustra, Anita Linnemann, John Shindano and Eddy J. Smid, Influence of production methods on communities of Lactic Acid Bacteria in traditional  fermented milk – Mabisi at the 12th  International Symposium on Lactic acid Bacteria (LAB 12) from 27th – 31st August 2017 in Egmond, Netherlands. 
  9. Moonga H. B., Nyau V., Chirwa T., Banda M. “Studies into the Development of Whey-Fruit Juice/Pulp Based Beverage”. National Science and Technology Council Symposium, Mulungushi International Conference Centre, from 18-19th November, 2010 in Lusaka, Zambia
  10. Kumwenda C, Dewey KG, Hemsworth J et al. (2014). Lipid-based nutrient supplements do not decrease breast milk intake of Malawian infants. Am J Clin Nutr, 2014; 99:617-23.
  11. Kumwenda C, Hemsworth J, Phuka J et al. (2015) Factors associated with breast milk intake among 9-10-month-old Malawian infants. Matern Child Nutr.Published online 11 August 2015. doi:10.1111/mcn.12199.
  12. Kumwenda C, Hemsworth J, Phuka J, et al. Association between breast milk intake at 9–10 months of age and growth and development among Malawian young children. Matern Child Nutr. 2018;e12582. 10.1111/mcn.1258.
  13. Maleta KM, Phuka J, Alho L, Cheung YB, Dewey KG, Ashorn U, Phiri N, Phiri TE Vosti SA, Zeilani M, Kumwenda C, Bendabenda J, Pulakka A, Ashorn P. Provision of 10–40 g/d Lipid-Based Nutrient Supplements from 6 to 18 Months of Age Does Not Prevent Linear Growth Faltering in Malawi. J. Nutr. 10 June 2015 doi:10.3945/jn.114.208181 [epub ahead of print]. 
  14. Christine P. Stewart Brietta M. Oaks Kevin D. Laugero Ulla Ashorn Ulla Harjunmaa Chiza Kumwenda et al. Maternal cortisol and stress are associated with birth outcomes, but are not affected by lipid-based nutrient supplements during pregnancy: an analysis of data from a randomized controlled trial in rural Malawi. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. Published online 2015 Dec 22. doi:  10.1186/s12884-015-0793-8
  15. Hemsworth J, Kumwenda C, Arimond M et al. (2016) Lipid-Based Nutrient Supplements Increase Energy and Macronutrient Intakes from Complementary Food among Malawian Infants. J Nutr. Published online 6 January 6, 2016. doi: 10.3945/jn.115.215327
  16. Arimond M, Abbeddou S, Kumwenda C et al (2016) Impact of small quantity lipid-based nutrient supplements on infant and young child feeding practices at 18 months of age: Results from four randomized controlled trials in Africa. Matern Child Nutr DOI 10.1111/mcn.12377
  17. A. Pulakka, Y. B. Cheung, K. Maleta, K. G. Dewey, C. Kumwenda, J. Bendabenda, U. Ashorn and P. Ashorn. Effect of 12-month intervention with lipid-based nutrient supplement on the physical activity of Malawian toddlers: a randomised, controlled trial. British Journal of Nutrition (2017), 117, 511–518
  18. Jorgensen JM, Arnold C, Ashorn P, Ashorn U, Chaima D, Cheung YB, Davis JC, Fan YM, Goonatilleke E, Kortekangas E, Kumwenda C, Lebrilla CB, Maleta K, Totten SM, Wu LD, Dewey KG. Lipid-Based Nutrient Supplements During Pregnancy and Lactation Did Not Affect Human Milk Oligosaccharides and Bioactive Proteins in a Randomized Trial. J Nutr. 2017 Aug 9. pii: jn252981. doi: 10.3945/jn.117.252981. [Epub ahead of print]
  19. Adams KP, Ayifah E, Phiri TE, Mridha MK, Adu-Afarwuah S, Arimond M, Arnold CD, Cummins J, Hussain S, Kumwenda C, Matias SL, Ashorn U, Lartey A, Maleta KM, Vosti SA, Dewey KG. Maternal and Child Supplementation with Lipid-based Nutrient Supplements, but Not Child Supplementation Alone, Decreases Self-Reported Household Food Insecurity in some settings. J Nutr. 2017 Dec;147(12):2309-2318. doi: 10.3945/jn.117.257386. Epub 2017 Oct 4.
  20. Nyati, M., Ogada, I., & Nyirenda, C. (2016). Adequacy of energy, zinc and selenium intakes among adult inpatients receiving total naso-gastric tube feeding admitted to a Copperbelt province Referral Hospital, in Ndola District, Zambia. BMC Nutrition, 2, 64.
  21. Nyati, M., Ogada, I., & Nyirenda, C. (2016). Nutrient intake and nutrition status of adults on total naso-gastric tube feeding admitted to Ndola Central Hospital, in Ndola District, Zambia. Institutional repository, Kenyatta University.
  22. Nyau V., Prakash, S., Rodrigues, J. and Farrant J. Profiling of phenolic compounds in sprouted common beans and bambara groundnuts, Journal of Food Research, 6(6): 74-82, (2017).    
  23. Nyau V., Prakash, S., Rodrigues, J. and Farrant J. Domestic cooking effects of Bambara groundnuts and common beans in the antioxidant properties and polyphenol profiles, Journal of Food Research, 6(2): 24-37, (2017).
  24. Nyau V., Prakash, S., Rodrigues, J. and Farrant J. Screening Different Zambian Market Classes of Common Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) for Antioxidant Properties and Total Phenolic Profiles. Journal of Food and Nutrition Research, 4(4): 230-236, (2016). 
  25. Nyau V., Prakash, S., Rodrigues, J. and Farrant J. HPLC-PDA-ESI-MS Identification of Polyphenolic Phytochemicals in Different Market Classes of Common Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.). International Journal of Biochemistry Research and Review, 8(4): 1-11, (2015) 
  26. Nyau V., Prakash, S., Rodrigues, J. and Farrant J. Antioxidant activities of bambara groundnuts as determined by DPPH and FRAP assays. American Journal of Food and Nutrition, 3(1): 7-11, (2015). 
  27. Nyau V., Prakash, S., Rodrigues, J. and Farrant J. Idenfication of Nutraceutical Phenolic Compounds in Bambara Groundnuts (Vigna subterranea L. Verdc) by HPLC-PDA-ESI-    MS . British Journal of Applied Science and Technology, 6(1): 77 - 85, (2015).  
  28. Nyau V. Nutraceutical perspectives and utilization of common beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.). A review. African Journal of Agriculture, Nutrition and Development, 14(7): 9483 –     9496, (2014).
  29. Nyau V., Mwanza E.P., Moonga H.B. and Madeleen H. Physico-Chemical Qualities of        Honey Harvested from Different Beehive Types in Zambia. African Journal of Agriculture, Nutrition and Development, 13(2): 7415 – 7427, (2013).
  30. Nyau V., Nguzi A.K., Hikeezi D.M., and Hachibamba T. Potential Food Safety Hazards associated with process steps in the manufacture of Gouda Cheese in Zambia. Zambia     Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 9(1): 47 – 50, (2009).
  31. Nyau V., Prakash, S., Rodrigues, J. and Brandt, W.F.  Polyphenol contents and DPPH free radical scavenging activity of Bambara groundnuts (Vignea subterranean). Conference proceedings of the 8th Society for Free Radical Research – Africa (SFRR), East London International Convention Center, South Africa, organized by Walter Susulu University (17 – 19 the August, 2011).
  32. Moonga H. B. Nyau V., Chirwa T., Banda M. Studies into the Development of Whey-Fruit Juice/Pulp Based Beverage. National Science and Technology Council Symposium, Mulungushi International Conference Centre, Lusaka, Zambia. (18th November, 2010)
  33. Nyau V. and Coosemans J. (2007) Use of Imazalil, Pyrimethanil and Thiabendazole to control Fusarium subglutinans causing Post Harvest spoilage on pineapple fruit. Conference proceedings of the First International Multi-Discipline Conference on recent advances in research Pages 177 – 180. Published by the University of Zambia Directorate of Research and Graduate Studies (26th and 27th September 2007).
  34. Nyau V., Mukuma M.M., Shindano J., Moonga B.H., Hachibamba T., and Nyambe L.M.  (2008). Module IV: Milk Processing and Handling in a Manual: Husbandry and Economics of Dairy Cattle, Goats and Milk Processing, pages 175 - 232. University of Zambia, Animal Science Department, First Edition, ISBN 978-998-22-020-0.
  35. Suraiya Ismail, John Shindano, Drinah Banda Nyirenda, Ranajit Bandyopadhay and Juliet Akello (2014). Does Exposure to Aflatoxin Constrain Efforts to Reduce Stunting in Zambia? In Joddy Harris, Lawrence Haddad and Silke Seco Grutz (eds). Turning Rapid Growth into Meaningful Growth: Sustaining the Commitment to Nutrition in Zambia. Institute of Development Studies - IDS Special Collection. Chapter in a Book, pp22-26. ISBN:978-1-78118-181-2.
  36. Schoustra S. E, Shindano J, Poulain A. J. (2013). Experimental evolution in traditional fermented products. Netherlands Journal of Medical Microbiology 21: S61.
  37. Shindano J and Kasase C. (2009). Moringa (Moringa oleifera): a Source of Food and Nutrition, Medicine and Industrial products. In H. R. Juliani, J.E. Simon and C.T. Ho (eds). African Natural Plant Products: Discoveries and Challenges in Quality Control. American Chemical Society Symposium Series, volume 1021. American Chemical Society, Washington, D.C. USA. ISBN13: 9780841269873, eISBN: 9780841225381, DOI: 10.1021/bk-2009-1021. pp421- 467
  38. Nguz, K., Shindano, J., Samapundo, S., & Huyghebaert, A. (2005). Microbiological Evaluation of Fresh-cut Organic Vegetables Produced in Zambia. Food Control, 16, 623 – 628.
  39. Nguz, K., Shindano, J., Shawa, D., Kasase, C., & Hikeezi, D. M. (2004). The Effect of Proteolytic and Lipolytic Enzyme Activities on Cheddar Cheese Yield. UNZA J. Sci. & Techn., Special Edition, pp. 70 – 76.
  40. Nguz, K., Shindano, J., Kasase, C., Hikeezi, D. M., & Simate, I. N. (2004). Evaluation of Potential Microbiological Risks in Raw and Pasteurized Milk Produced in Lusaka Town of Zambia. UNZA J. Sci. & Techn., Special Edition, pp. 17 – 23.